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Abandoned Hospital

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I had the most amazing 4th of July weekend.  I went from having no plans to having the most amazing plans.  I’ll start by sharing about Saturday…

Most of Saturday was spent revisiting the abandoned hospital in LA that I previously posted photos of here.  Again, I was there with permission, but I got to explore all six floors as opposed to just two.  I met a whole bunch of photographers from LA.  This made me happy because I am trying to meet some more people here.  Everyone was nice and we capped off the day with yummy eats at Umami Burger, a favorite of mine!

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Abandoned Hospital (Warning! Graphic Images)

A little over a week ago, I had the chance to visit an abandoned hospital here in LA called Linda Vista Hospital.  It was closed in 1991 and has since been used for various movie and tv sets.  Nightmare on Elm Street was shot there, part of Season 1 Dexter, and many others.  An LA photographer got permission into the hospital so he opened the opportunity for others.  Of course, you know I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity like this!  All of the photographers were men so when I showed up they thought that I was one of the models (yeah right).  I got there a bit late so I just wandered around checking out the basement and first floor while everyone was doing photo shoots with models.  The place is enormous with six floors in addition to the basement.  It still contains some equipment and leftovers from previous industry sets (including dried blood, which made everything all that more freaky).  And like every abandoned place, it is supposedly haunted.  I took about 450 photos in a couple of hours, but narrowed it down to these as my favorites from the day…

 

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Pantz Across America

I had previously written that I was moving out of Philadelphia and traveling across the US to ultimately end up in California for a couple of months.  Well, I left last Thursday before the east coast got hammered with that huge snowstorm.  I knew it was coming and Thursday was my window of opportunity to leave so I took it.  As I was leaving York County, Pennsylvania, I passed graffiti that read “It can get better”.  Perhaps it was a sentimental goodbye from Pennsylvania to start my new work/travel life.

I drove as far as I could until I hit rain in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.  I think I was on the road for about 11 hours.  I was exhausted and ready to find a hotel.  I chose a hotel that was part of the Wyndham chain hotels, thinking that it would be good.  I did an inspection of the room before agreeing that I would take it and everything looked good.  But then I pulled down the sheets and there were hairs and a mysterious brown stain.  (Not to mention that there really were mirrors on the wall).  I probably should have taken photos, but I was so disgusted and tired.  I ended up finding another hotel a couple of exits further that was much better except that it smelled like fragrance plug-ins.  It’s come to my knowledge in the last year that I’ve become super sensitive to smells and I hate fragrance plug-ins.

I woke the next morning and drove to Atlanta, Georgia in pouring rain.  As I was leaving North Carolina, I stopped at a random exit to get gas.  There were two weird abandoned buildings amongst the fireworks stops that seem to be overwhelming in the southern states.  Every exit that I stopped at in the south seems to have some kind of interesting abandoned place.

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I knew a few photographers from istockphoto and an old friend from California who live in Atlanta.  We went out for dinner and it was great to see them.  I stayed at my friend’s house in East Atlanta, which was quite eclectic and filled with many craftsman homes from the 1920s.  I probably would have liked the area, but I was eager to get off of the east coast and away from crappy weather so I left Atlanta the next day.

I drove through Alabama.  In my opinion, Alabama is possibly one of the strangest places in the country.  And if you know me, I LOVE strange.  The Salton Sea in California is one of the weirdest places I have ever been to.  Alabama is like the Salton Sea except that it’s a WHOLE STATE.  A whole state of weird amazing subjects.  I was so tired when I left Atlanta, but I became all giddy as I drove through the back roads of Atlanta on my way to the coast.  I passed some awesome places.  I’m kind of kicking myself for not stopping to photograph some of them (such as the abandoned “Hurricane Drive-in”).  But the reality of it was that I was a bit more scared about being shot in the back woods of Alabama than in Northeast Philly.

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So yes, I arrived in New Orleans on the day of the Superbowl.  I wasn’t even planning to go to New Orleans, let alone be there during the Superbowl.  I am in New Orleans now.  I have family that live here whom I haven’t seen for a while.  I went to my first-ever Superbowl party last night.  We had a fun time and since the Saints won, the city went crazy.  And being that Mardi Gras is a week away, it’s party week in New Orleans!

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