Category Archives: Braddock

Stability

Stability is the search for something reliable, something that will be there when we get back. So we nail it down, square it off, and expect it to be predictable. But everything tends toward entropy, so perhaps it’s best not … Continue reading

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The Things That Connect Us

We just do not think about that which lies between buildings, at least, most people do not. I have photographed an inordinate number of scenes where a building has been removed to display what was. The result is often a … Continue reading

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The Path In

There are numerous paths of entry – window, vent, black hole, shadow. There is symmetry, there is not symmetry. Mystery text attempts to give a hint as to what is going on, but it is indecipherable, letting us know that … Continue reading

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The Guardian

We rely on so many things in our life and the assumption is that they will protect us without fail for as long as we wish. Of course, we all know that this is far from the truth and that … Continue reading

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In Braddock, a number spray painted on a building indicates that it is to be taken down. Last year while in Braddock I watched a WTAE crew of two interviewed a man for a documentary they were working on.  He … Continue reading

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To Climb Or To Fly

When I think about the numerous mistakes I’ve made I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had made a different choice. Looking back and figuring out what the mistakes were is a simple matter, but changing the consequences does … Continue reading

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What Is And What Was

In David Campany’s Between the Snapshot and Staged Photography he writes, “A single photograph might be described as narrative if it suggests a situation or scene that extends beyond its spatial and temporal frame.”  Many of the abstracts that were photographed in Braddock fit … Continue reading

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The Worker

There was a time when the steel mill in Braddock was working full force.  This is no longer the case and employment is difficult to find.  There is no question that the city is slowly coming back, but there is no … Continue reading

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Lines and Curves

I have started a side project, working on abstracts that were photographed in Braddock. The idea of these images is not to make one try to guess what they are seeing, in pretty much all cases that will not be … Continue reading

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Urban Farm Worker

After a few very busy months I have finally had a chance to get back to working on some of the things that were put aside.  One of them is a continuation of my Braddock Project. On Braddock Avenue is Braddock … Continue reading

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The Brew Gentlemen

When I arrived in Braddock to photograph a few weeks ago I started at the old Harco Electric supply store but did not catch The Brew Gentlemen there.  I then photographed from the streets on the river side of town, … Continue reading

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Evidence of the Brew Gentlemen

Nothing moves quickly in Braddock, but sometimes the most interesting things do happen.  I have been photographing Braddock now for several years, returning about every six months, and somewhere in my archives I am sure that I have this image … Continue reading

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Flower Windows Buildings

This is another of the frames exposed by my Sproket Rocket while in Braddock last month.  This is a more inclusive view of the Bromoil print I offered that included a detail of this view (Window Flowers).  The location is … Continue reading

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202 Building

I returned to Braddock last month to continue working on my project. I had decided to begin shooting the project digitally because when I was last there in June I had missed a few shots that were important. I had … Continue reading

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Braddock Farms

I have been going through the negatives from my last trip to Braddock and considering the possibilities as to how the prints should be presented.  One of the alternatives I have been exploring has been to create cyanotype prints.  I … Continue reading

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Flower Windows

In July I returned to Braddock, PA for the third time to document what I saw.  The first two trips resulted in “Part 1” of my project, which I decided to use as a baseline, something a decade from now … Continue reading

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Inside Bell’s Market

Appearances color our information and opinions.  A year ago I took a picture of Bell’s Market in my tour of Braddock and it was only one of two places in the city where I saw that food could be purchased.  … Continue reading

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Window Flowers

As noted elsewhere, there are plenty of buildings that are marked to be taken down, and this is done by painting a number on the door.  I am not sure whether this particular house is to be destroyed, but the … Continue reading

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Braddock Graffiti

I have shot graphiti at Henryton – actually it is almost impossible to shoot in that location without including it.  There is surprisingly little in Braddock.  With so many buildings abandoned and marked to be taken down, it is interesting … Continue reading

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History Revealed

When buildings are taken down, if they have been attached to other buildings they leave interesting patterns.  One is able to explore these patterns with ease because they offer so many picturesque possibilities.  That is the case in this particular … Continue reading

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Liberty Baptist Church

There are several churches in Braddock.  Good Shepherd Catholic Church is a rather impressive structure and New Hope Baptist Church appears to be thriving.  Liberty Baptist Church does still exist (across the street from the Fourth Street Market), but not … Continue reading

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As everyone in Braddock knows, a number spray painted on a building indicates that it has been marked for demolition. Some are houses, others are buildings that held businesses that have long passed. The only question is when it will … Continue reading

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Building Ghosts

Admittedly the title is a play on words, as it is not clear whether this building is a ghost or the absence of the building has created a ghost. Nevertheless, they are basically the same thing. When structures are built … Continue reading

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Ask About

Some places in Braddock bring more questions than I am able to imagine answers.  Apparently this was a car dealership, as the text “Ask about our 36,000 mi. new car guarantee” suggests.  Where would these new cars have been stored?  … Continue reading

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Bell’s Market

Bell’s Market is one of two grocery stores I have seen in Braddock. I live within a mile of a large grocery store, so in a worst case scenario it would be of little consequence to walk to it to … Continue reading

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