1. Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana - June 2011. UrbEx / Urban Exploration

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    More pics on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slworking/sets/72157624076348593/ This church was featured in an episode of the TV show Life After People. The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed, and areas downtown saw the construction of several impressive buildings during these prosperous early years. In 1925, a cornerstone ceremony took place at 577 Washington St. to commemorate the construction of a Gothic Revival church called City Methodist. It was completed 21 months later, at the cost of one million dollars - $385,000 of which was contributed by the United States Steel Corp. (which also founded the city). Elbert Gary, the chairman of U.S. Steel and origin of the city's name, donated a Skinner organ as well. The Bedford limestone structure consisted of a 50-foot tall sanctuary nave and elaborate stonework, and was able to seat 950 worshipers; City Methodist had a congregation of nearly 3,000 members in its heyday. The building was also home to Seaman Hall - a 1,000 seat auditorium, and a gymnasium with a full size basketball court. Storefronts were built into the building, with hopes that the income would offset the enormous maintenance costs. During the 1920s, Pastor William Seaman rallied against the power of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and welcomed black worshipers into City Methodist during a time when African Americans were not permitted in "white churches." Gary entered a downward spiral during the 1960s, like many other industrial cities during the period. As U.S. Steel employment dwindled, the residents of Gary moved to nearby suburbs; then as jobs left downtown, city many residents moved out altogether while crime and poverty rose. By 1973 the church's congregation had only 300 members and by 1975 the Methodists moved out of the structure. A second congregation occupied the building until they left in the early 1980s; some storefronts and office space was utilized for a while but soon the entire campus was completely abandoned. Not long before the second congregation gave up the building, the organ went to a residence in Lansing, Illinois. While an addition was being made to the home and the organ installed, the home burned and most of Op.611 went with it. The console went through the floor into the basement. City Methodist was burned in the Great Gary Arson of 1997, resulting in a large portion of the roof collapsed or missing. It is now owned by the city of Gary, and its future remains unclear. A scene from the 2011 movie Transformers 3 was filmed inside this church. To register your support for saving City Methodist Church, contact David Wright, Gary City Planner, 219-881-5090. 1967 City United Methodist Church Directory (includes old photos) 575 Washington Street Gary, Indiana 46402 http://www.faithfabric.com/tbh/gary/67directory.htm

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    • Untitled

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      • Long weekend in Perth

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        Some fun marshy times with loved ones and new friends, on a road trip to Perth. Canada Day weekend 2011

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        • Light Painting Sculptures

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          Music: DECAY by Monolake http://www.monolake.de The Light Painting Sculptures series demonstrates the four dimensions of painting with light. In the video piece, you can actually see and experience the four dimensions at work. Light accumulates through space and time to create the final image. It's the accumulation of all these moments that creates the final piece, the complete picture when all the pieces come together. More at: http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/965

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          • The Gravy Agency - Daybreak Confidential

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            This video was shot at the Salton Sea in June 2011, featuring actress Megan Laurel Maher, filmed by RavenK, Sly Stewart, and The Director, edited by RavenK. Filmed on the Canon T2i, edited in Sony Vegas 10. This track was improvised live in a studio session in March 2011, and then edited and master-mixed. Bass Guitar performed by Agent N. Wehr, Guitar by Agent A. Rivera, Synthesizer by Agent B. Meyer, Piano and Synthesizer performed by The Director.

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            • Abject Of Decay : Teardrops in Zero Gravity

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              Abject Of Decay : Teardrops in Zero Gravity The new album out now. Listen: http://abjectofdecay.bandcamp.com/album/teardrops-in-zero-gravity Produced & Shot by Abject of Decay. www.facebook.com/aofdecay http://abjectofdecay.tumblr.com/

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              • Modern Eden's 1 Year Anniversary Gorup Show

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                I was one of the artist featured at Modern Eden 1 Year Anniversary Group show. If you missed the show there's still time to go see the show in person. Congrats to Kim and Bradley on their one year Anniversary @ Modern Eden.

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                • Connected

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                  'Destined to rule my life, and go the way of all flesh.' Improvised short/60D camera test (Waldo County, Maine)

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                  • Timelapse Test, Baltray Wreck, County Louth.

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                    • Ruin Nation Part one

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                      Ruin Nation is a brand new WEB episode program that features two adventurous photographers seeking to capture artistic images of modern ruins and abandoned locations. They will take you on an adventure to places that most people will never see. By venturing into these abandoned and forbidden places, the Ruin Nation team strives to preserve the spirit and memory of these abandoned locations for everyone to experience and enjoy. In the process, they will turn decay and ruin into modern art. Episode One : The Abandoned Grossinger's Resort Part One: The Drive in.

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