Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Much Needed Day of Exploring

The other day Brandon and I ventured out early in the morning to explore a tunnel that we had found a couple months ago. Unfortunately the tunnel was flooded so we had to find something else to photograph. We didn't have to go far before coming across a massive factory building that had just been demolished aside from part of the front of the building. The jagged brickwork against the grey sky was beautiful but we wanted to explore something so after a few quick photos we moved on. Soon enough we drove past what looked like a small school, but after finding a way in we realized that it wasn't a school, but a neighborhood recreation center instead. We didn't expect the building to be as exciting as it was. It had a swimming pool, sauna, locker rooms, a gym, and a few classrooms as well. I would have liked to have spent more time at the rec center but we had to leave early to go meet up with some out of town explorers. I'm looking forward to going back though.

The ruins of the old factory.

The swimming pool.

Light painting the basement locker room.

The gymnasium which was also pitch black.

One of the shower rooms.

After meeting up with Kaylah and our friends from out of town we headed to everyone's favorite school.

Next we headed to a couple of the old favorites.

Kaylah walking down the perfectly lit stairwell.

So sad to this place in such a state of decay. I'll definitely miss it when it's gone.

If you've ever seen the movie The Avengers, this room is where the Black Widow interrogation scene was filmed.

The day started with a disappointment but quickly turned itself around to be a great day of exploring with new friends. And as much as I love to find new places to explore, it always feels good to revisit some of the very first buildings that I ever explored so many years ago.

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


  1. I appreciate your blog and photos.
    It's hard to find others from Cleveland who enjoy the art of decay and present it in an intelligent manor.
    Thanks for sharing.
    - Brian