Monday, November 23, 2009

Last from Centralia...

The last for now from this Centralia series. I have some other new work that will be coming up probably after the thanksgiving holiday. Some color work, maybe a few surprises, probably not...

After this trip to this all to strange town, I am endlessly fascinated by it. I plan on visiting here a few more times before the end of the year, and will be keeping tabs on the town progress. 2016 marks the towns centennial year, and one thing we saw while here, was a vault that is to be opened in 2016, so i'll see you all there!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Signs of life

One of my favorite images I made in Centralia. This was literally one of I think two remaining street signs in the town. Very old remnants of a time gone by. The only reason that it still stood was because about 20 yards up this "street" was one of the few remaining houses. a strange artifact...

Friday, November 20, 2009

More from the Mines

Three more from the trip through Centralia, PA. This town had such a sense of loss and memory, you could feel it everywhere you walked. It's not very often you are in a town any more where there is really no possibility of future, everything is in its past and will stay there.

I will be doing some more scanning this weekend of the color work from this trip, keep a look out for that. Im not sure the color work will carry the same emotions that these black and white images do, but who knows what little surprises are out there...Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Downtown Centralia, PA circa 1962 (above)

Here is a better look at what Centralia, PA looks like today. Where this is, is looking back down toward what was the town, from atop a scrap coal hill. The smoke you see coming out of the ground is not steam, but actually smoke from the fire that still burns underground today. There were many holes like these throughout the "town", they actually helped out our hands on this chilly day...

To my knowledge, there are only about 6 residents still living in the town, one of the few remaining houses can be seen in the distance of my photograph. A majority of the families were asked to leave through the mid 1980's due to health and safety concerns, by 1997 there were only around 44 residents in the town.

More images to come from this weird, and somewhat sad story in Pennsylvania's mining history

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Few New

As promised, here is a sampling of some of the new images I made throughout my rip to Pennsylvania last week. A majority of the scanning is now done so over the next few days/week, i'll be posting more substantial groups of images from the different place we got to visit and shoot at.

These three images come from three different stops along our trip. The top image is from an old church in the country near my home town of Shamokin. A very old church that, to my knowledge, doesn't get used that much anymore, my Great Grandmother went there. Next is from the old mining town of Centralia, PA. It is an abandoned mining town whose residents were literally forced to move due to an underground fire burning for some 40 years now, more on this very weird place later. And lastly, from Knobels Amusement park. It is a free admission theme park near my hometown, so in the fall, when the park goes to sleep, you can still get in and have a walk about, quite strange.

All of these places Are within 15min of the house I grew up in, and I had never been to any of them with my camera after all this time. It was great to finally get to these places and explore them. A friend of mine just reminded me of what an old friend used to say about shooting, and I think it fits here. "If you don't know what to shoot, shoot in your back yard" T.Petit

"Shed, Oak Grove"
"Wall Detail, Centralia, PA"
"Kiddie Wheel"

Monday, November 9, 2009


It's been 10 days since i've been back at my home base...My best girl and I traveled back to Pennsylvania for 10 days of visiting family, seeing some great music, re-connecting with friends, and also shooting lots of new images. I will have much to post over the next week once I get the film processed and scanned.

This image was taken a few weeks back while at the Topsfield fair. It has nothing to do with the fair but every now and then a picture of clouds makes me feel quite right. This one did, so I thought I'd share. Stay tuned to this blog and Kelly's Blog for lots of new images!