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  1. The work of William Eckersley and Alexander Shields can be found here:

    http://www.stuccopress.com/

    I picked out a couple of favorites from their impressive collection of projects, a mix of abandonment, architecture, and adventure.

    11:53 25th Jul 2013

    tags:  Art  Photography  Stucco Press  Adventure  Abandonment  Architecture  American  South 

  2. The work of Jeffery Stockbridge can be found here:

    http://www.jeffreystockbridge.com/

    Abandoned rooms make up the earlier portions of Jeffery’s work, but I don’t think the focus is the building, but rather the ambiguous occupancy of the space.  Some images seem to imply the presence of a person, living in filth, either due to poverty or indifference to their surroundings.  

    There’s a keen balance between the element of documenting a habitat and his use of colors and depth of field that makes this standard, almost exhaustively exploited subject matter interesting again.  I’m glad there are no people in these images.   

    18:09 27th May 2012

    tags:  Jeffery Stockbridge  Photography  Focus  Abandonment  Rooms  Poverty  Filth  Living Conditions  Documentary 

  3. These 10 images are my personal favorites, selected from several years worth of exploration with the art collective known as “Municipal Heroes.”

    All 10 were pulled from my new book, “Sets, Scenes and Stages in Exploration,” which chronicles the Municipal Heroes story, and my own development as an adventure photographer.

    This project marks the most serious body of work I have made to date, and has served to lend perspective to a lifestyle I no longer follow, but that has changed me immensely.

    The book, Sets, Scenes and Stages, has 205 pages, 134 of which consist of my photographic work; the rest are filled with stories and anecdotes. It is printed at 13 inches wide by 11 inches tall, in full color on black paper. 

    The images and stories are told in chronological order and act as a retrospective of the numerous trials, successes and foolish endeavors that my friends and I had experienced. 

    The release of the book was celebrated with a solo exhibition that featured 25 images from its pages, printed and framed at 17 inches by 21 inches.

    The book is available for preview and sale at my online store front here:
    www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3068051

    "Sets, Scenes and Stages in Exploration"
    Completed Early 2012 - Photography and Short Story Book - Shapes Industries

    12:43 30th Mar 2012

    tags:  Urban Exploration  Photography  Book  Adventure  Exploration  Journey  Abandonment  Abandoned  Sets  Scenes  Stages  Romanticism  Magic  Myth  Legend 

  4. I’ve got a gallery show coming up, and I don’t think it would’ve ever come together without the help of my family and friends.  It’s amazing to me how the pieces are falling into place.  I had this huge collection of work from my time spent in the art collective, “Municipal Heroes”, and I needed to produce a major project for University graduation.  One book idea later, and I’m printing out 25+ images and ordering several copies of the book in preparation for a solo exhibit.
All the self-publicizing and advertising is beginning to feel a bit weird to me.  I had always thought I’d be a career artist someday, and I’m not saying that’s what I now am by any means, but my situation is unexpected and grand, and I can’t help but hope someone will take notice of my work and finance my lifestyle.  
www.ShapesIndustries.com

    I’ve got a gallery show coming up, and I don’t think it would’ve ever come together without the help of my family and friends.  It’s amazing to me how the pieces are falling into place.  I had this huge collection of work from my time spent in the art collective, “Municipal Heroes”, and I needed to produce a major project for University graduation.  One book idea later, and I’m printing out 25+ images and ordering several copies of the book in preparation for a solo exhibit.

    All the self-publicizing and advertising is beginning to feel a bit weird to me.  I had always thought I’d be a career artist someday, and I’m not saying that’s what I now am by any means, but my situation is unexpected and grand, and I can’t help but hope someone will take notice of my work and finance my lifestyle.  

    www.ShapesIndustries.com

    17:53 26th Mar 2012

    tags:  Adventure  Journey  Exploration  Abandonment  Urban  City  Photography  Gallery  Romanticism  Magic  Legend  Myth  Will  Triumph  Companionship  Trial  Story  Retrospective  Power Plants  Mills  Basements  Roofs  Industry  Drains  Caves  Sewers  Tunnels  Utilities 

  5. On a whim, I decided to join Dr. Magnus on his trip to Duluth one evening.  I had nothing serious planned for the following day, and could afford to get little sleep in exchange for the adventure I knew would take place in that beautiful city.  We met up with explorer extraordinaire, Glass, who proceeded to take us on a tour of some of Duluth’s most luxurious abandoned ore docks. 

    There was also time to play tourist.  We snapped photos of the famous lift bridge and drank coffee at both Grandma’s and Perkins. 

    "An Evening in Duluth" - Adventure Series #7
    Completed Late 2011 - Photography Work - Shapes Industries

    20:56 15th Feb 2012

    tags:  Duluth  Adventure  Exploration  Abandonment  Ore Docks  Cranes  Night  Photography  Road Trip  Tour  Industry  Boats  Bridges  Trains  Scrap 

  6. All of the clips for this short film were taken between 2008 and 2011.
    All filming was done both by me and an old friend, Jonathan Craig.

    I had never intended to organize and display these in any fashion, let alone, turn them into a movie, but here I am, presenting a completed product. The adventures I focused on in the film were taken with many different friends, but the group I want to focus on the most is the Municipal Heroes.

    The Municipal Heroes are an art collective, but more importantly (and personally), a group of friends with whom I spent several years exploring the meaning of adventure, and growing as an artist with. During the summer of 2011, I took my permanent leave from the Municipal Heroes.

    Over the course of the past 4 years or so, I have changed in every respect of character, ambition and desire. Although I deeply respect and love every member of the Municipal Heroes, I find myself no longer valuing the nature of the project as I had before, and no longer even supporting my own position I held in the group. I will eventually complete two additional projects intended to put David Rin (my alter-ego) to rest, but for now, I’m following new callings.

    I expect the Municipal Heroes will continue to do better than they ever have before, in the capable hands of Steve Gahein.
    Please check out the website: http://municipalheroes.com/

    These are a just a few of the reasons that inspired me to get these clips together and share them.

    "Anywhere But Here"
    Completed Late 2011 - Video Work - Shapes Industries

    17:11 12th Oct 2011

    tags:  Adventure  Exploration  abandonment  Municipal Heroes  rooftop  underground  Sewer  Drain  Cave  Urbex  Urban Exploring  Art  Art Collective  Art Group 

  7. Settlement

       Excerpt From A Settlement Trip


       “Tonight is the first night of Settlement, and I am camping on the roof of the abandoned Hamm’s brewery.  Most of my time has been spent rigging the hammock between a fallen vent and a propped up ladder.  My jerry-rigging efforts are slow moving, and have thus far been poorly rewarded.  When ever I crawl into the hammock, my head and feet are suspended in air as they should be, but my back drags along the ground, threatening to tear the fabric of my bed. 

       When ever I hear the slightest noise from below, I pause and listen as closely as I can.  When I’m satisfied that no one is attempting to reach the roof, I continue to prowl the night air naked, and look down on St. Paul’s lights with unbridled enthusiasm.  I don’t expect company on a Wednesday evening, but Hamm’s seems to attract unsavory characters regardless of the day.  As this is my first night in Settlement, every precaution has been taken to secure my physical safety by keeping intruders out.  Wooden planks and sheets of drywall have been placed over the roof hatch and surrounding holes, and in the rafters below, I’ve jammed a bit of wood in-between the ceiling and floor boards to keep the door shut.  I know these things wouldn’t keep the motivated trespasser out, but they offer precious peace of mind for when I plan on going to sleep. 

       Peace of mind seems to be the name of the game so far.  The silence is penetrating and has been maintained since I left my car.  I can hear the highway in the distance, and an occasional passing motorcycle, but I’m more focused on the dryness of my mouth and the current state of my racked nerves.  There is something to say about Settlement so far, and the way it’s made me feel.  There are times I forget where I am, being so completely focused on the task at hand, and there are other times when my heart hammers, my blood boils, and my mind creates awful things to think and hear.  I’m already waiting for sunrise, and for the light to fill every crevasse that during this long night has tortured my imagination. 

       I stand in the shallow waters of an island of silence, subdued electricity, quieted harbor of landscape.        

    "Settlement"
    Completed Mid 2011 - Experimental Work - Shapes Industries

    20:18 11th Aug 2011

    tags:  Settlement  Camp  Abandonment  Hammock  Rooftop  Nighttime  Fear  Peace of Mind  Brewery  Nerves  Art  Project