Category: Photo-Adventure


So, it’s been a while – but sure was glad to walk away from the pace of life and return to doing what I love.  Today was a unique experience.  While I fancy myself a bit of an urban decay buff, it wasn’t until today that I realized the treasure trove available in the city of Atlanta.  I had the good fortune to literally join up with three strangers and visit a couple of great spots for some urban exploration.  Our guide had the inside track on where to go, and how to get in.  The rest of us, knowing each other only through Twitter and Free Art Friday Atlanta  joined up in Little Five Points to see what we could uncover.  Here are a few photos from our time together.  Many thanks to my partners in crime – look forward to doing it all again!

Not sure what Free Art Friday is?  Have a look on the website or follow the hashtag #FAFATL on Twitter or Instagram.

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John B. Gordon School

Termite Damage – John B. Gordon School

John B. Gordon School

Trees in the Floor – John B. Gordon School

School Bell - John B. Gordon School

School Bell – John B. Gordon School

School in Suspension - John B. Gordon School

School in Suspension – John B. Gordon School

Admiring Urban Decay - John B. Gordon School

Admiring Urban Decay – John B. Gordon School

Child's Lost Teddy Bear - John B. Gordon School

Child’s Lost Teddy Bear – John B. Gordon School

Forward - John B. Gordon School

Forward – John B. Gordon School

Boys Room - John B. Gordon School

Boys Room – John B. Gordon School

Stall Door - John B. Gordon School

Stall Door – John B. Gordon School

Lost Mail - Exide

Lost Mail – Exide

PLAST Sheet - Exide

PLAST Sheet – Exide

Tani - Exide

Tani – Exide

Hashtag, Always a Chair - Exide

Hashtag, Always a Chair – Exide

Junk/Scrap - Exide

Junk/Scrap – Exide

Eye - Exide

Eye – Exide

Battery Bath - Exide

Battery Bath – Exide

Not Stained Glass - Exide

Not Stained Glass – Exide

Mail Delivery - Exide

Mail Delivery – Exide




















Days like today I miss my photo-adventure friend, Jonathan.  It wasn’t unusual for us to just grab our gear and head out to find something, anything, to photograph.  A couple years back we ventured to the Atlanta Prison Farm and captured some great images.  Today I headed out to a couple locations identified by a Twitter acquaintance, but unfortunately neither location was accessible.  After a couple hours I decided to head back to the Atlanta Prison Farm, see what’s changed and see if my new camera and refined knowledge would be able to capture anything different.

The Photo-Adventure is a quest to find images that are not common, or if they are common, present them in ways that people would never expect to see.  For me, I have a great attraction to urban and rural decay.  To me, they represent the idea that no matter the innovation and ingenuity of man, nature will always triumph and take back what is rightfully due.  Urban decay, in particular, represents this as steel and concrete demonstrate their submission to the natural elements if left unkempt.

About the Atlanta Prison Farm: My original post from June 26, 2010 give some history of the location.  It’s current state hasn’t changed a whole lot.  There’s been substantial decay in the structure since the fire consumed most of the second level.  Also, the tagging has picked up the pace a great deal – and to my enjoyment they are using a whole lot more color and showing a great deal more talent.

While there I ran into a film crew preparing for an upcoming documentary.  I don’t know if the ‘Crime Scene’ tape was a prop or if something really tragic happened there, but it’s abundant throughout the building.

This was my second, and most likely last, visit to the Atlanta Prison Farm.  My first post and images from my visit with friend Jonathan were wildly popular and a number of people contacted me for copies of the images for their persona l use.  I hope you enjoy the new images from this latest visit.

As usual, I’m always scouting for new locations to photo, but these days it’s getting increasingly difficult to gain access to this type of location.  If you are aware of any and would like to share, please contact me.  I’m always up for a photo-adventure!

Just a note to those contacting me about their ‘prior life’ at the Atlanta Prison Farm, I just want to thank you for your individual stories and sharing what it was like at the farm while it was running.  I certainly invite any others looking to share their history at the farm to either comment below or to send me a private note.