walking dead ˈwȯ-kər [waw-ker] noun
1 : one that walks: as
a : a competitor in a walking race
b : a peddler going on foot
c : a temporary male escort of socially prominent women attending usually public events
d : a person or group (walkers) that intentionally moves into a photographers frame while he/she is shooting.
2 : something used in walking: as
a : a framework designed to support a baby learning to walk or an infirm or disabled person
b : a walking shoe
see also; pinhead, dolt, blind
Destination: Jackson Sanatorium
When I was doing research online for this place, everyone was calling it a sanitarium, which is, in case you are unaware is a home/hospital for the mentally ill. I later found out that the true designation for the building affectionately known to the locals of Dansville, NY as “Our Home on The Hillside” was actually a Sanatorium. Which by definition is a combination resort/recreational facility and a medical facility to provide short-term complex rest and medical services.
As you may or may not recall from my “Valley of the Dolls House” entry, Saturday, myself and my friend Lou were supposed to be shooting an old ballroom located in downtown Sayre, Pa. Turns out the guy that we contacted misunderstood which ballroom we were talking about. Who knew there was more than one in the whole state of Pennsylvania let alone the Sayre, Athens area. Well, as it turns out, the one he was talking about was in his HOUSE! Now I don’t know about you, but before today, I knew about negative 10 people who would have a ballroom in their house. I take that back, I know Elton John does but he’s dead and I really don’t know him. (ed. note; Elton John is NOT dead) Anyway, after a few phone calls we head over to the gentleman’s house to take a look.
On a recent photo adventure with fellow shooter Louis Quattrini we ran in to a hiccup and decided to stop into a local pub in Sayre, PA to re-configure our day. The best laid plans and all that. So, two photographers walk into a bar…. oh, have you already heard this one? I bet you haven’t.
A Decaying Mecca Part III of III
On my third visit to Grossinger’s I would visit areas that I had previously skipped over. There would be the usual trip to the indoor pool of course but this time we would explore a few of the surrounding cottages and the famous Jenny G building. The reason being not only for exploratory purposes but this time, for video purposes. Seems our previous trips to the G had caught the eye of a television show producer from New York City. They approached us via email and were basically looking for a couple of hosts for a television show idea that they had. They wanted to feature to explorers/photographers/contractors as the explored abandoned sites. We had a very loose idea of what they wanted but they were mainly interested in our on screen appeal and chemistry together. With 3 days to plan, an emergency video cameraman, and an outline script in our hands, we headed off to the G.