Monday, September 15, 2014

An Abandoned Subway

This subway opened in 1927 and was then closed in 1956. For over fifty years now the tunnels have sat empty, but not entirely unused. Anyone who has ever been down here can probably tell you that you're never alone down here. There are constantly other groups of photographers, graffiti artists, and general public that use this space as a short cut or just a place to hangout and drink a few beers. Cleveland has a very similar tunnel system, one that also crosses a river on the lower level of a bridge. Cleveland's however is much less traveled. As incredible as it would be to repurpose these historic old tunnels, both cities would face a lot of difficulties. The outcome though would be a strangely beautiful and very unique public space. I would like to think that someday someone with vision and political pull will be able to turn that dream into a reality, but lets face it, it's probably not going to happen.

I've been here twice now and both times I ended up taking more self-portraits and group photos than actual shots of the tunnels. Something about being down here just makes me want to take cool portraits. 

The graffiti down here is some of the best I've ever seen.

Catching that last bit of light.

Can't resist a cheesy group photo.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III, Canon 60D with a Canon 20mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens.

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