Grace Presbyterian Church – A landmark in Albany, Oregon, this old church now sits empty on a main corner in the heart of Albany. The city purchased the property in 2000 for $150,000 and is trying to decide what the best option is for this old building. From an urbex standpoint, this place is looking better everyday.
Grapes – We were visiting an old graveyard and noticed a house not too far away that appeared vacant. While wandering around the yard we found a whole trellis of grapes, just growing naturally. Life still continues even when everyone is gone.
The Piano – Anyone who has been in the Corvallis area knows about this house. The family that lived here split up, with the wife taking the kids and leaving the husband behind. Not long after, he went to a big tree at the corner of the yard, just along the highway, threw a noose over a branch and hung himself. Since then the house has sat empty. The piano still played, believe it or not. Today the house is stripped to the studs and the piano is probably long gone.
St. Georges Bridge – A Portland landmark, just about everyone with a camera has a shot of this amazing structure. I think the bridge looks better in black and white, giving it drama against a grey Portland sky.
The Old Tree – This tree was on the same property as the grapes. The tree swing was too much to resist. Sometimes old trees are even better than old houses.
Trestle – The trestle located at Monteith Park in Albany, Oregon seems to jump out of nowhere if you don’t know it is there. I took this shot at dusk using a blend of two long exposures. I took one for the sky and another for the track and bridge. Blending them using photoshop led to a really neat photo. You’d never guess that it was practically dark when this was shot.
Tunnel – This is a small tunnel boring machine. Although when I say small, that is relative since the actual diameter of this is probably about 30 feet. I couldn’t resist snapping a shot down the tube the machine made, not to mention the face staring back at you!
Flavel House Servants Chair – Captain George Flavel made a fortune running ships up and down the Columbia River out of Astoria, Oregon. The Flavel mansion sat empty and abandoned for many years until a local citizen purchased the house and began renovating. In the summer of 2016 they opened the house up to the public asking for a donations to help pay for restorations. This chair sat in front of a window in the fourth story of the house. This is where the servants lived while taking care of the Flavel family.
My girlfriend enjoys ‘urbex’ and introduced me to the hobby. I found art in exploring abandoned structures and began taking photography more serious after I discovered there was a whole scene dedicated to urban exploration and photography.
Mike Krutsinger has always enjoyed taking photos but only recently began taking it to a professional level. Today he’s studying all aspects of photography with plans to start shooting real estate as a full time business in the near future. However, he will always be looking for interesting and unique people and subjects to shoot.
See more of Mike’s work on his website