City Scapes

Chicago Sunset

Chicago Sunset

This photo of a lakefront view of downtown Chicago was taken during my rust belt tour earlier this year. Although most of the trip was focused on finding the beauty in the decayed and neglected industries, we would take moments like this one to see the beauty in the modern city as well. This is […]


1 1/2 Ton

1 1/2 Ton

I love the perspective of this piece. It was taken in an abandoned steel and wire company in Chicago. Every time I look at this photo, it draws me in, spins me around and spits me out. I love that momentary sensation in my stomach like I’m on a spinning ride at Lakeside.


It’s been so long….

It's been so long....

When I was in the rust belt shooting urban decay and the fall of American Industry, I worked on a series of telephones. All the different types of phones stamped a date on the closing of these plants. Each one was unique and told a story. This one was in one of the last buildings […]


Easy does it

Easy does it

Sometimes when my brother Joshua and I were exploring these abandoned buildings, we put our self in some dangerous situations. This complex was easy enough to access but it was filled with deep pits in very dark rooms. One of these pits actually had the skeleton of what appeared to be a dog. We theorized […]


Santa Fe Grain Elevator Complex #1

Santa Fe Grain Elevator Complex #1

This building is part of the Santa Fe Grain Elevator Complex in Chicago, IL near Interstate 55 and Damen Rd. It was build in 1906 and then rebuild in the 30’s after a grain elevator explosion. There are several buildings including a power plant, a drying building, a rail car repair shop and several large […]


Reclaim

Reclaim

As my brother, Joshua and I explored forgotten buildings throughout the rust belt, we noticed a relationship between the man made structures and nature. As the wind, rain and sun work on breaking down many of these old buildings, plant life begins to invade. Often the plants will grow on the roof tops or inside […]


Pressure

Pressure

I’ve always had a fascination with water towers. I’m not sure what it is about them but since I was a kid I’ve been attracted to them. During my trip to the rust belt, I took the opportunity to shoot a lot of water towers. Many of which I’m sure I will post on the […]


Desicration

Desicration

As my brother Joshhua (www.ballmultimedia.com) and I were looking for building to photograph in Toledo, Ohio, we came across this church.  As I looked over the desicration of this place of worship I thought about what had happened here. Who got married at this alter, now painted with inverted pentagrams? Who sang in these aisles  […]


Freight Elevator No. 4

Freight Elevator No. 4

This shot is part of the series I’m working on with my younger brother Joshua www.ballmultimedia.com.  We’re traveling to cities in the rust belt documenting the effects of the economy and shift of jobs over seas on American industries. This shot was taken in a massive industrial structure in Detroit. I love the way the […]


Ice Escape

Ice Escape

This morning I got up nice and early to start shooting here in Detroit. It was very chilly and I came across this fire escape covered in ice. I loved the texture and feel if the scene but the images I was taking just didn’t do much for me. Then I got out the fisheye […]


Death

Death

Denver is filled with little treasures like this. This cemetery is in a very industrial part of town.  There are so many symbols of death in this photograph, I couldn’t resist shooting it.  From the tombstones to the barren trees to the still factory in the background, death prevails.


Failed State?

Failed State?

Yesterday my brother and I shot our first day in Detroit. Although I knew that times were bad in Detroit, I really had no idea how bad it really was. We found our selves saying “Oh my God” over and over. It looks like a war zone in so many places. There isn’t going to […]


High-Level Bridge

High-Level Bridge

The Anthony Wayne Bridge, a 3,215-foot suspension bridge crossing the Maumee River, has been a staple of Toledo’s skyline for more than 70 years. It is locally known as the “High-Level Bridge.” This bridge is an iconic image in Toledo. This shot was taken today at sunset with my brother Joshua. We’ve been shooting together […]


warehouse#1

warehouse#1

Buildings like this are scattered throughout the Toledo, Oh area. Once a great industrial city filled with manufacturers of glass, autos, bearings and other objects is now filled with abandoned shells slowly decaying. In other parts of the country, buildings like this one are coveted as urban Loft projects, but in Toledo they are just […]


Industry of Religion

Industry of Religion

I passed this scene the other day in Denver and I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the religious and industrial icons. Both have been worshiped at different times of history by different groups of people. As I start to shoot the fall of our once great industrial sector, I will continue to look for […]


Denver Sunset

Denver Sunset

Today I was out on the hunt for images in preparation for my trip to the rust belt. I was looking for industrial scenes that might make good HDR (high dynamic range) images. I passed this scene earlier in the day but the light just wasn’t right. I waited here for about an hour and […]


Driftwood Motel

Driftwood Motel

This photo was part of a series of photographs I did based on Colfax Ave. in Denver.  Colfax is known for it’s neon, motels and used car lots. The Driftwood Motel is located close to the border of Denver and Aurora.


Costco Sunset

Costco Sunset

The other day I was heading to Costco for some of the usual staples and I noticed this sunset from the parking lot. I try to make it a habit to always have my camera with me, and on that day, I did. I took about 6 captures and this was my favorite. I used […]


Denver Diner

Denver Diner

Denver Diner is another iconic business in Denver, Colorado. From the corner of Speer and Colfax, this eatery hosts lots of late night patrons seeking comfort food. This photo was taken as part of a photography series based on Colfax Ave which is now showing in the Aurora MLK library. It was also recently chosen […]


Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Pedestrian Bride near downtown Denver is quickly becoming an iconic symbol for the city. Economic growth has boomed around it for the last 8 years and for me it has come to symbolize our coastal envy as a city. I really love the lines of this piece. My eye never gets bored.


Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

This photo was chosen, in part, by a random selection by Michael Cruson with the # 223. In 1993 my love for photography was born when my partner and I traveled Europe for 6 months in a VW bus. This photo was taken at night in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal. Jesse was in bed […]


Seattle Center: Experience Music Project

Seattle Center: Experience Music Project

As I head to Portland today I thought I would post this image from the pacific northwest. This unique sculptural architecture by Frank O. Gehry is situated in Central Seattle and houses the Seattle Center: Experience Music Project. As most of Gehry’s projects, this one was not without controversy. The following comments are from Wikipedia […]


Seattle from above

Seattle from above

As I prepare for a small trip to the pacific northwest, I have Seattle on the mind. I took this photo last year as I wandered the streets looking for photo opportunities. Of course, the space needle is the subject of every tourists photos in Seattle but I hope I’ve captured a new perspective.


Pike Place Fish Market

Pike Place Fish Market

This photo of the famous Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Wa was taken during a trip I took on behalf of The Other Side Arts to learn about an artist training program of Artist Trust. I love wandering the streets of Seattle. The fish market is always entertaining. Street performers and flying fish throughout […]