The southern edge of downtown Fort Worth sports two of the most beautiful buildings in the entire city, both were built in early half of the 20th century by the Texas & Pacific Railroad company. The train station was converted to lofts and shops in 2002 and is a focus for the revitalization of the southern end of downtown.
However, the warehouse next door has yet to see such love, and stands as a monument to the passage of time. With fighting between the city and developers, along with the poor economy and the ever mounting costs of renovating the building it stands abandoned and in an advanced state of decay.
As a city grows, so too does it's need for an ever expanding grid of infrastructure. Power, water, sewage, storm water, and telephone grids must be constantly updated and expanded as the city adds building after building. Oftentimes, old storm drains that are incapable of meeting the drainage needs of an area and flood every time it rains are simply ripped up, and a bigger drain is built and buried again. But what do you do if the storm drain in question was underneath main street of your city's bustling downtown? You can't close down Main Street for several months to replace a storm drain, it would cause utter chaos and traffic jams all over the city. So you let it sit, and every so often make it longer to carry the water farther and farther away. And the longer time goes on, the bigger downtown gets, and the smaller the chance the old storm drain will be replaced before it collapses due to age gets.
However, these drains are few and far between, and often, to get into them you have to pop a manhole in the middle of Main Street traffic. Dallas, Tx, however, has a great exception. Easy to find, easy to get into, and as old as the city itself, hiking into The Rat Race is like walking backwards through history. There are multiple different 'sections' of the drain, all of radically different construction, and each representing a different addition to the system, a different decade, and a different era in history.
“Ain’t dead yet” Studebaker breathed past the dripping nothingness and blast furnaces. Scraps of the wood that used to sheath the cold concrete were heaped in piles where the dozer left them. The place was almost dead, so I said nothing back.
Nestled within the gulf coast, on an island known for its abundant history sits the ruins of what was once a beautiful home. Upon entering I came through an arch that still proudly stood presenting this beautiful Spanish style “Mansion”, though compared to the other mansions on this island the title is a bit pretentious. The house was designed and built by a famous “union-buster” and industrialist in 1928 but he never lived in it. In 1931, the mansion was sold to another man, who lived there with his family until 1950, when his wife and children died and he later died from a heart attack.
Here lately, I've noticed a large influx of rookies with a strong desire to not just explore, but to shoot artistically. Problem is, nobody on here wants to take the time to explain how to shoot, and shoot well, instead preferring to just say google it. That's all well and good, except most of the photography how-tos are still rather difficult to follow and use lots of technical language. So, I'm going to set out to write a very basic how-to for the explorers in layman's terms. Please note, I do not consider myself a uber-good photographer, but I do understand the basics. So, veteran photographers, if I am wrong, feel free to chime in and make corrections or add advice.
I wrote this article a few months ago to post on various UE forums, and I feel that it will be a great article to have in the UEM databases for all new members. Hopefully, if I've done my job right, by the time you finish reading this article you will feel a little more confident with your camera in your hands and have a more enriching experience while out there exploring.