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Capturing the less scenic

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Sometimes, I feel compelled to photograph the less scenic areas I encounter. Sarah and I used to do more of this kind of urban decay photography, particularly when we lived in the Chicago area.

Yesterday, I was itching to get out, and a walk sounded nice. So, I decided to walk through downtown Edwardsville, a neighboring town that is quite run down. It’s sad to see the state of this place, but it makes for some interesting photography. It’s a weird combination of abandoned buildings and buildings that look abandoned, but aren’t. It’s hard to tell, walking around, what is abandoned and what isn’t. Here are some of my photos from this outing.

First, the map:


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And the photos.

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5 Responses to “Capturing the less scenic”

  1. Eric Says:

    Lovely photos, although the town does look pretty hardscrabble. It doesn’t look all that different from things you’d see around Chicago, really.

  2. Tim Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I went through a phase of riding through some really nappy part of town on my afternoon commute. We have toomanytocount abandoned silos, factories and derelict homes and it’s fun to sometimes tie those together on a ride. Our first RCCS ride is Sunday and it’s too bad you’re not around. Your stories of summer mixed terrain rides is one the reasons I wanted to do this. Hope your business venture is going well up there. I know it’s stressful, but I also know you’ll be successful. You seem (never met you of course) like a smart and nice guy. That’s a great combo.

    And my fav is towards the top, the one of the brown wall with the two windows on the right. I really like the asymmetry for some reason. Keep them coming.

  3. furiousBall Says:

    love the shots of the former windows on that brick wall of the building. this somewhat feels like some of the SGC tunes we made

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    Man…there’s about a half-dozen buildings in those pictures I would love to have as a residence/studio/business space.

  5. Mike Says:

    Good eye.

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