March 13th, 2006

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question for all the photographers out there.
I love tax season. I am getting about 800$ back in taxes within the next few weeks. I am shooting with an older canon d30 slr and pretty decent sigma 18mm f1.8 lens. So I'm looking into selling this body and combining that cash with the tax money and picking up a 20 or 30d possibly. Do you think it'd be better to jump up to a better camera now, or buy a really nice lens and a really nice flash and then later a year down the road upgrade the camera itself? any recommendations? I'm thinking I want the 30d in my hands right now. Thanks guys.

Chester Hide & Skin: Part II

Part I - The Exterior
Part II - Building 1
Part III - Building 2
Part IV - Building 3

hen I arrived on the premises of the meat packing plant in Chester, I didn't immediately take all of the exterior photos which I showed you in Part I. I snapped a few then made a beeline to the rear of Building 1, where I had seen an open doorway from the road. I was under the impression that it was one big building that would be interconnected, which I later found not to be the case. Before I go any further with the narration and photos, I want to apologize in advance for the quality of most of these photos. Except for same areas of Buildings 2 and 3, the entire complex is windowless. I was armed with only a small flashlight with dying batteries and the flash on the camera. For all intents and purposes, I was shooting these in the dark, sometimes not even seeing what I was shooting until I saw it on the camera's viewing screen.

Building 1 obviously served as some sort of shipping facility for the plant. My guess is that it was the original shipping dock before the modern dock was built as part of Building 3. As mentioned previously, I entered Building 1 from the rear where I had found an open door.

As you can see, the roof has collapsed in the corner and there is a good deal of general refuse about as well. There is some of the industrial variety such as wood pallets as well as some more curious things like furniture. You can also see that the doorway enters onto a platform but there were no stairs apparent; it may have been buried in the roof collapse. I had to make-do with jumping down to the floor. This photo is a rough representation of the width of the room. You may also notice the interior doorway beside the entrance. It was empty, except for the wooden flooring.

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Atlanta Decay

This photo was taken (with my camera phone!) from the platform of the Georgia State MARTA station.

In the past, I've had LOTS of trouble getting away with snapping shots on MARTA, but this was ok.

I think I took it right after I finished taking the LSAT. =)

This one is also from Atlanta, and also taken with my camera phone.
As I parked to go to an appointment, I saw that the parking deck was next to the remnants of the foundation of another building.

It was overgrown with weeds and kudzu, this is the south, after all. But peeking out between the folliage were small concrete pillars and lots of exposed rebar, which my trip to Burning Man taught me all about...

But the most fascinating part was this semistagnant canal-like waterway complete with rusted I-beams and all.

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Decay Delight

Photo shot in Corsicana, Texas. The square there is an urban decay lover's dream. I highly recommend if you live in the vicinity that you take the time to shoot there.