The Gargoyle Watches Over Paris

High atop of the great cathedral of Notre Dame, half-man/half-beast Medieval monsters are perched above the city of Paris.  Carved out of stone, these creatures have watched over Paris for over 800 years.   I created this image in July 2013 after climbing 422 spiraling steps in the claustrophobic bell tower… but the magnificent view was […]

Broken Packard

The Packard Auto Plant opened in 1903 as among the largest and most modern manufacturing plant in the world. An estimated 3.5 million square feet hummed with industry, as the now-storied American autoworker assembled the elegant cars, known for their beauty and engineering. The plant was shuttered in 1956 and became a place for graffiti […]

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Since its abandonment, the Packard Auto Plant has served as a haven for grafitti artists as well as urban explorers, paintballers, auto scrappers, gangs and the homeless.

superheroes vs. pedestrian

The Mission District is a colorful and seedy neighborhood in San Francisco. A nice mix of homeless, punk rockers, Mexican gang members and Guatemalan grandmothers. Faith No More, Beck and Primus came from this neighborhood as well as many influential street artists whose outstanding graffiti and murals polka dot the walls like a large outdoor […]

The Mission

The Mission District is a colorful and seedy neighborhood.  A nice mix of homeless, punk rockers, Mexican gang members and Guatemalan grandmothers.  Faith No More, Beck, Primus and Luscious Jackson came form this neighborhood as well as many influential street artists whose outstanding graffiti and murals polka dot the walls like a large outdoor gallery. […]

The Rock

Alcatraz Island, most famous for its inescapable prison which closed in 1963. San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California April 2013 – Click here to see the entire collection.

off-season

Vines highlight how a once-beautiful stadium lay in ruins, awaiting demolition.  Baseball had been played on the site since 1896… five years before the Tigers or the American League existed.  In 1999, the last Tigers game was played in old Tiger Stadium as the team moved to Comerica Park.  I attended that final season and […]

Michigan Central Train Depot

The grand symbol of Detroit’s urban decay, Michigan Central Depot opened its doors almost 100 years ago.  Closed for years, no other Detroit ruin can quite match it for shear magnificence.  It was the tallest and busiest train station in the United States when it opened December 16, 1913.  On Michigan Avenue between Corktown and […]

Lee’s Piano

Lee Plaza is a beautiful art deco building in Detroit. Constructed in 1929, the 15 story hotel is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Since the early 1990s, all of the artwork, wiring, fixtures and valuable material has been removed illegally by scavengers… except for this grand piano which was built into the ballroom […]

Enjoy Detroit

Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, 10-04-06