Youth caged

Marina Sepharina enjoys what light came in to her cell.

Recently model Marina Sepharina and myself shot a Dia de las Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed shoot at an abandoned Youth Detention Center, aka Children’s Warehouse.

Climb softly, watch your step. Footfalls stir the dust, our presence stirs something more?

All the doors were open yet led nowhere.

Right, left, desolation and ruin was the order of the day.

Likely Marina’s soft stare was the only gentleness seen here.

Some rooms still bore marks of expelled screams.

Don’t look too closely, you may find the fingernail marks that tore into that wall.

Marina ghosted about the floor, her freedom something others could only have dreamt of.

The light is captive too.

Pillars of gloom and rays of blue.

The oppressiveness is real, them heavy blues still extends to all.

In this dark place occsionally rays of hope make their way in.

A blast of fire, maybe something else?

Spirits can not stay caged!

Stone walls are not invulnerable.

SHOTS FIRED! Did the inmates take the asylum?

Or just another sign of abandonedment and decay?

After seeing so many doors blasted open we see some sealed tight. Why?

Finally, at least for Marina and myself.

Sept 30th Forgotten Tennessee the book drops!

Sept. 30th is the official release of my book Forgotten Tennessee. If you like the photos in this teaser, you’ll love the actual book. Where will you be able to buy Forgotten Tennessee? Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon.com as well as any store that has a decent book section, can’t wait to be the first to own a copy?

Pre-Order Forgotten Tennessee at https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Tennessee-Backroads-Roadside-Surprises/dp/1634991524/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=forgotten+tennessee&qid=1566236165&s=gateway&sr=8-1

The Mill on the Roadside

On the way to Chattanooga on an old highway there stood an old mill. It had obviously stood for quite some time and it’s weathered walls were a testament to this.

A window looks blindly down the road, I wonder how long it has done so?

Loops of wire were hung about the porch. Perhaps the wire is what held the building upright?

The walls were pitted with age and holes the size of a fist were prevalent…

and the roof of the overhang was on it’s way to being more sky than wood.

At the base of the wall of the Mill was an opening where the underside stood open, here the Mill’s guts still stood.

Ironically enough I felt safer under the building than next to it.

Around the back stood a wall of some sort, I’m not sure what it was.

In the back wall a rectangular opening and a shelf held iron, stone and a bone? Offerings to a different time?

Drop Date on our Debut Book!

Sept 30th, 2019 is the drop date for Forgotten Tennessee Backroads and Roadside Surprises! This is a pictorial journey of some of my explorations in Tennessee and Alabama! It will be available in actual physical bookstroes and on Amazon!

Water rolls down the wall

and one day, one day that building is going to fall.

This is the United Warehouse building in Memphis Tennessee. From a distance you can see that on top of this sealed up building is a water tower. A very big water tower who’s contents leaks constantly like a waterfall. On the top floor there can be seen greenery. Trees and more have taken root and I can only imagine what has grown inside on the walls even as the floors themselves weaken from this watery assault. As I said one day, one day this building will fall. The sound will be deafening, the bricks and dust will not settle, rather it will be swept away by the countless gallons of water that pour forward from the buildings water supply.

Let’s go to the movies 1

On the way to Memphis, TN

A few weeks ago Jay Farrell and I decided to take a trip to Memphis Tennessee to hunt and photograph ababndoned buildings. Almost imnmediately we had to detour from the interstate to a rural country highway due to a wreck. Our detour took us through Dickson, TN which is where we came across a trully sad sight, an abandoned Driv- In Movie Theatre. These theatres were special to me, I remeber living in Wyoming and going to the Drive In at least 0nce a month from early spring til early fall.

This must have been quite a sight when it was all lit up.
What? Did someone not like the movie? Not enough cheese on the nachos?

Parking we took some time to shoot the entry and then we meandered off towards the concessions/projector building. I found a door that had been left open so I walked on in and began to expore. There wasn’t much to see though, the place had been picked clean.

Old tech on the floor.
I’d hoped that there would be some old movie posters left on the walls.

Outside there were rows of poles that once held the drive-in’s speaker (these would be hung inside the car via the driver’s door window), and in the distance stood the big screen itself.

Walking back to the car I could only hope someone at some point might re-open this spot. Drive-In’s were so much fun to go to, it’d be nice to see today’s kids enjoy them too.