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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

An Urbex Poster is Born


There’s lots to love about shooting medium format film. The tonality is great, the latitude is incredible, and the ability to capture and reproduce fine detail is astounding. One way to really appreciate all this is to print BIG. In my darkroom I can go up to 16×20 which is a pretty serious size print. Problem is big paper is expensive. I usually shoot on the reasonably price Arista RC VC which is a bit over $2/sheet plus shipping. Handling wet FB paper that size is challenging. read more

Collapsing City

The abandoned Packard Plant is 40 acres of industrial ruins. From certain points it looks almost like a city. The Packard Plant hasn’t made cars since the 50’s. I think this image looks like a scene that could have been captured at the end of World War II in Europe, but it’s present day America.

Baker Perkins Shelving Dominos

Shot this close to home at Saginaw’s Baker Perkins Plant. They used to make ovens and do customized machining.

It was a fairly large industrial complex in varying stages of demolition. Almost like a mini Packard Plant. This room was weird, lots of vacuum tubes were stored on the shelves if I recall correctly. Looked like someone tried to play dominos with the shelves.

Nice lighting and captured with a Fuji GW690 which is the most tack sharp camera I own. Printed this at 16×20 read more

Why I dislike the term “Ruin Porn”


My apologies that this went a little long, but there are pictures and (shameless plug) they’re all available as prints from me 🙂

First off, in full disclosure, I’m a Ruin “Pornographer”. I love shooting abandoned buildings and do so whenever I get the chance. Lately the term “Ruin Porn” is picking up steam and that bothers me. For a second, read more