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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time: August 26, 2006 13:21
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/5.6 - 1.6 sec
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO: 250
Flash: None

On Saturday I did one of the craziest things I've done in a long time. John from Photoentropy and I managed to spend some time exploring the inside of the vacant, abandoned Washburne Trade School on the southwest side of the city. The historic building, some three city blocks long, was formerly operated by the Chicago Public Schools and was closed in 1995. John and I were in there for a couple of hours, lugging our tripods around and silently taking pictures. It felt like we were a couple of explorers finding our way through an old sunken ship. As John says, it was probably not the safest thing to do on a Saturday afternoon, but I confess I haven't had that kind of adrenaline flowing in my veins since I was in college. I will be posting a series of images from the visit this week. Some are quite wild and I hope you enjoy them! A must-see companion to this series will be John's amazing film shots, so be sure to visit John's site this week and next to see how his interpretations are different.

* News from MikesRightBrain and Gratuitous Self-Promotion: I was named a winner in this year's Photo Issue of TimeOut Chicago. Check it out here.

** You may have noticed that the archived shots are mis-aligned with the old template. I am still in the long and tedious process of up-rezzing all 320 of the previous MRB shots. Once those are all done I'll be able to upgrade the entire site. Right now it's only the homepage that uses the new template. Thanks for your patience as I continue the upgrades to the site.


08.28.06, 02:22 AM, navin harish:

Great shot. eagerly looking forward to the whole series

08.28.06, 03:11 PM, micki:

Love how you composed this image. It will be interesting seeing this place from both perspectives.

08.28.06, 05:29 PM, Obelix:

Wow, new attempts, new template.

Catching up with your website again. Looks like you are having fun.

08.28.06, 08:38 PM, ana:

*rubs hands together*

you two are so lucky! I can't wait to see MORE!

08.28.06, 11:33 PM, john:

great contrast here mike. really looking forward to seeing what else you took while I wasn't looking.

08.30.06, 08:18 PM, Jeremi:

Wow that must have been an adventure, t hese are great shots that speak volumes! I can't get John's site to come up though! :(

08.31.06, 07:10 PM, EXP:

Gee, I'm behind. I just saw your 4th photo, and I just wanted to post on some of these. What a cool adventure, must have had the adreneline pumping! I like this shot because of the shadow of the switch and lines. Nice stuff!

09.04.06, 08:07 PM, cool daddio:

You bad boys:-0
This is a perfect lead off.

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