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Collected Remnants – Abandoned Photography: PA & NJ

I’ve always had a huge fascination with abandoned places, especially buildings. There’s just something beautiful, yet calming and eerie about them all at the same time. It always makes me wonder what had gone on there before it was deserted, and how long it took for nature to completely take over. So back in college, I decided to start an abandoned photography series called Collected Remnants where I could convey the mystery and beauty of old and worn places of the past. These are the first images of said series that I had taken a few years ago.

Places photographed:

  • An old barn in Boyertown, Pennsylvania that is no longer there.
  • An unused section of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey that once held the likes of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra and Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “The Iceman” in its cells.
  • A building that looked to be a swim club once that was on the road near Fricks Lock in Pennsylvania. I believe it was finally torn down a few years back.
  • A place in Berks County, PA where a few old Reading Railroad trains were held. This was located near French Creek State Park.

Nature has taken control of an old swim club in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

A look through an open doorway into the vacant building near Fricks Lock, PA.

A look inside a yellow, rusting train car.

The side of an abandoned, rusting train car.

The dark, chipping wood of an old, used train's door.

The coal chamber of an old steam train.

Stone walls of an empty barn illuminated by a spider webbed window.

Thick spider webs stretch across a crack in an abandoned barn door.

The upper section of the Bergen County Jail.

Windows shine light onto the unused bars of an old jail.

Cylinder walkway inside a NJ county jail.

Cell bars of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.

Eerily lit walkway of the vacant section of a New Jersey jail.

Bright window highlights the inside of a discarded train.

The rusting innards of an old train car.

Dark, creepy hallway of the empty part of the Bergen County Jail.

A deserted bus, overgrown with foliage.

Inside an abandoned, rusted out train.

Vibrant teal, blue and orange of an old train car.

Open door frame leading into an abandoned swim club.

Shadows play over the white face of an abandoned building.

Dark, desolate building that used to be a swim club.

Old, empty barn with red door.

Sunlight shines down on a spider web in abandoned barn.

Unused inmate area of New Jersey jail.

Caged skylight in Hackensack, New Jersey jail.

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Steampunk Photography – PA Renaissance Faire

Sci fi and steampunk lovers united over this last weekend during the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Time Travelers Weekend brought the likes of Jedi to Whovians, alongside the creative clockwork-covered adventurers of the steam-powered world to Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

I had the pleasure of going with the NCOG cosplay group on Saturday for some fun shots of their awesome costumes. I was also happy to sport a steampunk costume of my own!

Steampunk MegaMan!

Steampunk sheriff has a hand cannon!

Steampunk gives you wings!

Steampunk fella with a mechanical arm and wings - both accessories were functional!

Steampunk alchemist ready for the PA Ren Faire!

Steampunk Alchemist.

Steampunk at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Ooh la-la!

Steampunk girl at Time Travelers Weekend during the PA Ren Faire.

All laughs at Time Travelers Weekend!

Steampunk welder at Time Travelers Weekend.

Tickets to the gun show??

Steampunk welder

Steampunk welder has no idea what to do with his hands!

Steampunk hanging out at the PA Ren Faire.

Little ol' me at the PA Ren Faire!

Our steampunk alchemist at the PA Ren Faire!

Steampunk mechanical arm and shield.

Steampunk alchemist's staff.

Steampunk alchemist accessories.

Steampunk alchemist's bird. A bit hungry!

Steampunk Mega Man cannon.

Matt making adjustments to his mechanical Steampunk arm.

All smiles at the PA Ren Faire!

Steampunk alechemist at Time Travelers Weekend.

Steampunk welder

Steampunk hand cannon!

Checking out the vendors at the PA Renaissance Faire during Time Travelers Weekend!

Steampunk Mega Man!

Steampunk buddies at Time Travelers Weekend during the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Steampunk gentleman with a mechanical arm at the PA Ren Faire.

Steampunk band? Looks like an album cover!

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Steampunk Proposal at PA Ren Faire | Michelle & Matt

It was a beautiful day during the Time Traveler’s Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire today! Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but my friends Matt and Michelle got engaged! She was totally taken by surprise and I was so very happy that I could be there to document such a great moment. The beautiful weather and their elation combined with the wonderful steampunk theme led to an amazing moment. Thank you both for allowing me to capture this, and best of luck to you!

Steampunk photography from Time Traveler's Weekend at the PA Ren Faire 2015.

Steampunk at Time Traveler's Weekend at the PA Ren Faire.

Steampunk Alchemist at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Steampunk photography - engagement at the PA Ren Faire

Steampunk couple at Time Traveler's weekend.

Steampunk photography - wedding proposal in PA

Steampunk engagement photography

Steampunk wedding proposal.

Steampunk proposal at the PA Ren Faire in Manheim Pennsylvania.Steampunk proposal at Time Traveler's Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Steampunk smooches at the PA Ren Faire.

Steampunk couple at Time Traveler's Weekend in PA.

Wedding proposal at the PA Ren Faire Time Traveler's Weekend!

Steampunk Engagement Photography shoot at the Ren Faire.

Steampunk couple at PA Renaissance Faire.

She said yes! Steampunk engagement at Ren Faire!

Newly engaged Steampunk couple.

Steampunk engagement photo shoot

Recently engaged couple at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Steampunk engagement photography

Engagement ring at the PA Ren Faire.