Friday, July 29, 2011

Dangerous Buildings?

I've been doing a lot more pre-rehab than post-rehab documentation these days. Personally, the pre-rehab documentation is more thrilling. What are you going to find? Nobody knows!

Earlier in the week we were going through a small, two story warehouse when, while going down the stairs to the basement I noticed an odd smell. Not a bad or foul smell, more metallic and acrid. Not a typical damp basement smell. Flashlights and my camera's flash revealed the source . . mold.

It shouldn't have been a surprise. Wet spring, hot summer, tightly closed building, dirt-floor basement. I got a few shots from the bottoms of the stairs and we left.

That same day we were headed for the roof of another building taking note of the damaged roof supports on the floor below so as to avoid those sections. I have to say that this is the worst I've ever seen. It's shored up by a temporary beam so it was not as dangerous as it looks, but that beam wasn't there the last time I was in this building!

It's always an adventure!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In the meantime . .

Sometimes I can't share the things I photograph. Sometimes it's only a matter of time before I can. While I wait for the green light on a previous project, here's a couple from today's shoot.

While documenting a rooftop downtown I noticed the amazing patina on this door (who wouldn't?).

And this view of the new Performing Arts Center is one you will see nowhere else!