Steampunked ~ Steamtown Revisited

Steampunked ~ Steamtown Revisited

A couple of years ago I reluctantly joined a family trip to the Steamtown National Historic Site and ended up having a great time. I have always loved trains and steamtown has plenty to not only see and learn about but also to ride on! Move the clock ahead 2 years which brings us to early summer. I had my friend and fellow abandonment photographer Walter Arnold visiting and I promised him some cool locations to shoot. During the initial arranging of several shoots planned I made contact with the National Park asking

Steamtown ~ Land of American Iron

Steamtown ~ Land of American Iron

As a young man from a low-income family I learned from an early age that if you break it, and can’t fix it, you go without. I guess this is where I get my smarts from.   I was never afraid to take things apart and see how they work, repair, change them, etc.  My girlfriend even purchased me a  shirt that says, “I void warranties”.  I don’t know about that. I will admit, I have never run across much that I cannot fix if it ain’t broken.  Anyway, what am I getting at here?  Well all of this leads me to my love of machines and my trip to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Steamtown is a Technology Museum and a History Museum combined into

I Was Arrested, Once….

I Was Arrested, Once….

I have spent my entire life attending school, and that school is the school some people refer to as “hard knocks”. Now I am not claiming to be some tough guy from the wrong side of the tracks, but I am a firm believer in the fact that screwing up in life (to a point) is okay. The more I screw up, the more I learn not to do it again, and the better I get at life. Now I do my best and succeed in not making a lot of mistakes and I am pretty proud of that. And the more I

Guitars, Cadillacs, Hillbilly Music ~ The Antique Automobile Club of America

Guitars, Cadillacs, Hillbilly Music ~ The Antique Automobile Club of America

As some of you know, I am the guitarist for the band Wendy Owens and Renegade.  We are a fairly successful band with 12 song CD out and have shared the stage with Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Trace Adkins, and Dierks Bentley.  This year we put away roughly 57+ shows all over New York and Pennsylvania.  One particular venue we play a 4 night stand is called “The Winner Circle Saloon” in Hershey, PA.  When we are

Arsenic and Old Scranton Lace

Arsenic and Old Scranton Lace

The Scranton Lace Company 1890-2002

Like the play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939 the Scranton Lace Company adventure would turn out to be both beautiful, and deadly with a twist of dark comedy thrown in for good measure.

Our day starts with a tip from a fellow photographer on checking out the abandoned Scranton Lace Company building in Scranton, PA.  This old derelict 

Case of the Alien Safe and the Missing Ballroom

Case of the Alien Safe and the Missing Ballroom

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

St. Nicholas Coal Breaker

St. Nicholas Coal Breaker

I have always had a fascination with the way things work. Since I was a kid, I would constantly take things apart, re-assemble them and try to make them better. Machinery and I just get along real well. Recently on an urban exploration “vacation” with 3 of my friends, a location came up that really got me excited. It was an old coal breaker in Pennsylvania called “St. Nicholas”. How cool is that right? Still full of old machinery, workman’s boots, control panels, wooden dies for giant machine castings, this really was an industrial playground and I was super excited.