A most bizarre/surreal experience

Mr. Anderson

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I took a little self guided tour of an abandoned factory in my home town today and found a little more than I expected.

Click4Pics shot 04.02.05 around sunset

NEW Click4Pics shot on 04.03.05 ad midday


Any thoughts? What does it all mean - the cupie pin head, the vampire clan, the runes, etc?

Should I worry about going back? Its such a cool place for pics, I'd just not want to be there when the others might be around.....

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Walking in the door from the courtyard below (door way in pic 6) I was greeted by this....hanging at the bottom of a flight of stairs to the rooms above.
Looks like a warning to trespassing photographers. Or maybe that's the last guy who went there! :eek:
 

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oh, and one more thing...after I had finished and was walking just out side the main factory floor by the road looking at my pics a car screeched to a stop 50 yards behind me...they watched me continue walking a bit then passed me and parked on the other side of the road until I got back in my car. Then they left.

Weirdness....

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Cool pictures, thanks for sharing. What town was this in?

The stuff you came across is rather creepy and odd. I'd guess it was done by some teenage goths kids or some gang, unlikely to be anything truly disturbing... but you never know. ;)
 

Daveway

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I would've run my a*s out of there. :p
Clearly this was a religious act. You can tell this by the blessing of ashes on the doll's head. Notice a cross on forehead? Satanists, carnies, goths, or some ADHD kid, maybe. Regardless, it's a sign from a person who is not happy, maybe that's why the place is abandoned.
 

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I don't think this is why its abandoned, I think these people used the place because it was empty.

I did find 3 bags of stuff, clothes and a blanket by the stairs to the basement - one or more homeless probably live there or use the place sometimes. I doubt its the same people who did the weird stuff.

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And you are there alone? Thumbs up for your courage then. I explored a couple of abandoned houses before and I always make sure I have at least a couple more friends with me.
 

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angelneo said:
And you are there alone? Thumbs up for your courage then. I explored a couple of abandoned houses before and I always make sure I have at least a couple more friends with me.
Ha, well, it was still light out and I didn't hear anyone. Although the wind was blowing at 20 to 30 mph today, so it was whistling through the buildings and making things clank. Very eerie at times.

When I go back, I'll bring someone, I think. Even if its just to make sure when I'm climbing around I don't fall through a rotted plank and hurt myself...

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Oh and don't forget to bring candles, inscence, a pint of blood, and a book of scripture to conduct your seance. You know...for the vampires. ;)

EDIT: you may want to take a Garlique before you go.
 

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daveway00 said:
Oh and don't forget to bring candles, inscence, a pint of blood, and a book of scripture to conduct your seance. You know...for the vampires. ;)
I'm sure if I went right now (its 1:05 AM here) those things would come in quite handy.....

I'll stick to daylight for now - and I'm going to bring my tripod next time, which might be tomorrow - and get some longer interior exposures. I just wish I had a wide angle lens......

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Like others said, I bet its just some punk goth kids.... still very strange, I would bring company if you go back. Who ever did it clearly has some issues.
 

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I'll find out tomorrow what the plant use to be....I'm thinking it was a factory that supplied parts for the auto industry - many such plants are all over Northern Indiana.

And now that I think of it, there is another abandoned building one town over. I'll have to go check that one out as well and see if there are any more of these signs there as well.

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Whoa. I'm a fan of vampire mythology so this is really cool, freaky, and crazy all at once. DAMN that factory is so creepy!!! Even without the weird stuff you found!

Oh my god if you went there at night... :eek:

Next time be sure to bring garlic, salt, lots of crosses, some stakes, silver if you've got it, and lots and lots of holy water.....
 

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Love the Pics

you have a good eye. Are you a serious photographer? I would LOVE to go out there and bring my 4x5 view camera loaded with TMax 100 holders. This kind of architecture must be photographed in large format 4x5. It is beautiful.

As for all of you making "creepiness" or "scary" comments about it: please: obviously poseur midwestern teenagers have been using it to hang out for years.

A very good find... it reminds me of Fort Snelling in Minneapolis.
 

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Man, that was a sad story. Did you see his statement?
Holy popups, Batman!!! I forgot to turn the popup blocker after trashing the preferences (it was corrupted)!

Anyway... awesome pics... I'd hang around there and see who goes in at night... Goth cults fascinate me... No I'm not interested in joining any, thank you.
 

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Mr. Anderson said:
Ha, well, it was still light out and I didn't hear anyone. Although the wind was blowing at 20 to 30 mph today, so it was whistling through the buildings and making things clank. Very eerie at times.

When I go back, I'll bring someone, I think. Even if its just to make sure when I'm climbing around I don't fall through a rotted plank and hurt myself...

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Exactly. I'm more scared of the floor caving in with me on it then anything else when I do these kind of shoots. Looks like a pretty nice find mr. a. Nice, big, fairly solid looking building. But yea, probably some over-imaginitive teens.

There was an abandoned mental ward up here, called Torrance, that had its share of pentagrams and the like-- was mostly frat boys doing hazing stuff as we found out one night. But still.

Very cool building, cool pics, and that kewpie head! That was a lil' intense! You gotta go back there during a sunrise-- the light on the second floor was spectacular-- would lend to some awesome and eerie b/w's! Or color with that golden color tone.

My hands down favorite shot from the bunch though:
 

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Glad you all like the pics :D

Moxie, that's one of my favorites too, but the upstairs with the golden glow is quite nice....when I go back with my tripod I'll retake that one since all of these were done with out tripod and at f2.8, which isn't as sharp as f6 or f8 which I think I'd prefer here.

Dawn is also going to be cool, but I'm going to wait a few weeks for that so that its a little warmer in the morning. Its still high 30s low 40s at 7 AM...

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Mr. Anderson said:
Glad you all like the pics :D

Moxie, that's one of my favorites too, but the upstairs with the golden glow is quite nice....when I go back with my tripod I'll retake that one since all of these were done with out tripod and at f2.8, which isn't as sharp as f6 or f8 which I think I'd prefer here.

Dawn is also going to be cool, but I'm going to wait a few weeks for that so that its a little warmer in the morning. Its still high 30s low 40s at 7 AM...

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Still sharp at f 2.8, but yea, I agree i'd like to see 'em closed down aperture wise a bit.

Remix of the glowy image, done with a glow action i have: