Anything Goes

It seems like I have the most exploring success when I try the least. Right as I was ready to stop putting any effort into it at least until after Christmas and bonus time, I heard from a TV producer who was thinking of including me in his show. Of course technical difficulties got the better of us for a while, and a video chat and photo slideshow turned into a phone call, but it seemed promising. Then the next day I got a very frightening email saying that they wanted to see a sample of a 10-minute documentary by…

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Keep It Simple

Needless to say, after that kind of success in a place like Terrence, it didn't take me long to come back. Christmas must have come early this year, letting me into a building I'd wanted for so many years, and without any chance of getting caught. Even the ceiling fans have given up... The graffiti in here isn't great, but at least they try to be clever. Every level has its own color. Almost as if different psychiatric conditions might benefit from being surrounded by one particular shade for months at a time. Notably absent: institutional green. ...maybe just because…

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White Whale

And just like that, it happened. I'd heard mumblings that there was a way in for a few weeks, but I didn't entirely believe anyone that told me, and besides, it was probably some climb that would leave me re-enacting the plight of the beached manatee, only this time in broad daylight and fully sober. I'd had a few close calls with this building already -- in 2011, with an unloaded camera; in 2013, at night, twice; earlier this year, not quite able to get in the hole in the window as I thrashed away at it helplessly. This time…

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Out Of The Loop

Imagine a world after cars, after trucks, after petroleum. Imagine walking through the snow, following the track of a guardrail along the ghost of what was once a highway, and now carries only the prints of a few snowshoes. This could be all of us someday. For now, it's just one little piece of the Inner Loop, but it's still a sign of progress. With an intermediate stage as some sort of accidental park, the former freeway will soon be a city street, filling in the moat that separates downtown from the rest of Rochester. Obviously I wasn't the first…

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