Stoned Room, Cass Tech High School, Detroit, Michigan

Stoned Room, old Cass Tech High School

Here’s another shot from my circa 2009 exploration of the old Cass Tech High School. They built a new state of the art facility right next to this one, but boarded this school up, contents and all. A truly surreal experience. 8 floors that felt like another world.


With this shot I was playing leading lines. The jumbled rows of desks take your eye to the black board upon which sage words are scrawled. This was a trip of the Bronica SQa and Fuji Neopan Acros. Definitely a wide shot, probably read more

Phila mass turb

Just like the Philadelphia Mass Turbulence of 1947

Books oddly ordered and scattered about a room in Detroit’s Old Cass Tech High School building. The doors at this 4000 student capacity building were locked in 2006, contents and all. In the rust belt locked doors never stay locked for long.

A pretty good sized group of film photographers went on this trip back in 2009. Sadly the building was razed in 2011. When I was there it was like an 8 story Call of Duty map or something. There read more

Lee Plaza Ball Room

Back in the Urbex Saddle

So a lot of my portfolio is urbex/rurex stuff. Urban decay, modern ruins, the subject fascinates me. Photographically it’s so interesting. Abandoned structures are places out of context. We have contexts for schools, hotels, factories, etc. When the building is empty, when the windows are blown out, when the ceiling tiles read more

Saginaw Synagogue Great Room

Saginaw Synagogue Great Room

This was the banquet/event hall of the synagogue in Saginaw, Michigan. It was located on the corner of E Holland and S Washington.

I’m not sure when it was last used, but it was in bad shape when I visited it in the spring/summer of 2012. The doors were wide open you could walk right in. Scrappers had stolen the radiators, the kitchen was a complete jumble, like someone tried to get the equipment out but couldn’t. It was mostly empty. Chairs in the basement, random stuff here and there read more

Saginaw Potter Street Station

Potter Street Station Panoramic


Officially named the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad East Saginaw Depot most locals call it the Potter Street Station or just the train depot. Built in 1881, this structure was designed by the architectural genius Bradford Lee Gilbert. That’s not tongue in cheek, the man boasted a phenomenal career that included the first sky scraper in New York City, the first expansion of Grand Central Station, the first flat iron building in the country in Atlanta, and numerous train stations read more