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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Detroit 2015 re-edit 1655438964813690943_187898364

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Detroit Gymnasium re-edit 2015 • This historic school had the capacity for 2,000 students. It was abandoned in 2012.  Initially boarded up and secured, but with no surveillance, scrappers broke in and gutted the entire place. 1655202243043736900_187898364

Detroit Gymnasium re-edit 2015 • This historic school had the capacity for 2,000 students. It was abandoned in 2012. Initially boarded up and secured, but with no surveillance, scrappers broke in and gutted the entire place.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Restoration in progress - Detroit 2015 - Midtown 1654563933468439371_187898364

Restoration in progress - Detroit 2015 - Midtown

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Detroit 2015 - Photographed this 1930s theater just months before an emergency demolition was ordered on it.  It looks fine at this angle but walking into that front lobby exposed the dark side.  The building was standing on 3 walls.  It's roof, ornate ceiling and back wall were completely collapsed.
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The building was intact and for sale in 2004.  After failing to sell it was fully abandoned by 2009.  It 2010 a fire broke out and the building was left, as is, leaving it vulnerable to the infamous scrappers of the city.  Their work of gutting the theater of its valuable metals would lead to the partial collapse of the structure and to the danger of a full collapse.  There was nothing that could save this place. 1654492359675487607_187898364

Detroit 2015 - Photographed this 1930s theater just months before an emergency demolition was ordered on it. It looks fine at this angle but walking into that front lobby exposed the dark side. The building was standing on 3 walls. It's roof, ornate ceiling and back wall were completely collapsed. . The building was intact and for sale in 2004. After failing to sell it was fully abandoned by 2009. It 2010 a fire broke out and the building was left, as is, leaving it vulnerable to the infamous scrappers of the city. Their work of gutting the theater of its valuable metals would lead to the partial collapse of the structure and to the danger of a full collapse. There was nothing that could save this place.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Detroit had several technical or trade high schools as part of their public school system.  Kids would graduate with a high school diploma and with a set of skills that readied them for the work force.
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This high school was still active into the mid 2000s but it looked like the apocalypse had happened.  The creepiest thing about this place was that there were photos of the last students to attend here and they were of my generation.  Wearing what I used to wear.  Taking pictures like I used to take.  Their past was dead though.  Their neighborhood gone and their school a total loss that was set for demolition. 1654030378430417650_187898364

Detroit had several technical or trade high schools as part of their public school system. Kids would graduate with a high school diploma and with a set of skills that readied them for the work force. . This high school was still active into the mid 2000s but it looked like the apocalypse had happened. The creepiest thing about this place was that there were photos of the last students to attend here and they were of my generation. Wearing what I used to wear. Taking pictures like I used to take. Their past was dead though. Their neighborhood gone and their school a total loss that was set for demolition.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Detroit re-edit.  After seeing photos, a documentary and reading Charlie LeDuff's "Detroit, An American Autopsy" my curiosity for this city surged. Abandoned places have always intrigued me but I had never experienced anything of this scale.  In the back of my mind, I needed to remind myself to be respectful as I roamed around in a rental car with a fancy camera. The decay of this city was painful for the people who lived and are still living the nightmare.  The story here is a lesson for us as a nation.
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It would be a few years before an opportunity would present itself to visit Detroit but in late summer of 2015, work had me ending a tour in Grand Rapids, MI.  Everyone was to fly home from Chicago but I opted instead to take a cheap Mega Bus to Detroit and stay for a few days at an airbnb.
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This is some of the most thrilling and dangerous explorations I've ever done and I realized that none of these photos were posted on Instagram because I hadn't gone public with my account.  I have gone through some of my favorite shots and re-edited them to match my editing style of today.  I hope someone else becomes just as curious. 1653885793918110097_187898364

Detroit re-edit. After seeing photos, a documentary and reading Charlie LeDuff's "Detroit, An American Autopsy" my curiosity for this city surged. Abandoned places have always intrigued me but I had never experienced anything of this scale. In the back of my mind, I needed to remind myself to be respectful as I roamed around in a rental car with a fancy camera. The decay of this city was painful for the people who lived and are still living the nightmare. The story here is a lesson for us as a nation. . It would be a few years before an opportunity would present itself to visit Detroit but in late summer of 2015, work had me ending a tour in Grand Rapids, MI. Everyone was to fly home from Chicago but I opted instead to take a cheap Mega Bus to Detroit and stay for a few days at an airbnb. . This is some of the most thrilling and dangerous explorations I've ever done and I realized that none of these photos were posted on Instagram because I hadn't gone public with my account. I have gone through some of my favorite shots and re-edited them to match my editing style of today. I hope someone else becomes just as curious.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Above the clouds.  Haleakala means "house of the sun" and it's no joke.  10,000ft - 3,000m above Maui. ☀️ 1653798501492939430_187898364

Above the clouds. Haleakala means "house of the sun" and it's no joke. 10,000ft - 3,000m above Maui. ☀️

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Pearl Harbor Control Tower 1653170860381393317_187898364

Pearl Harbor Control Tower

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Hawaii road trip: in the sea of green there was suddenly an area bursting with red so I pulled the car over of course.  1653084103543559105_187898364

Hawaii road trip: in the sea of green there was suddenly an area bursting with red so I pulled the car over of course.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram The hike to the diamond head crater summit involves tunnels, narrow passage ways lined with thick concrete barriers and this spiral staircase that takes you up to a pillbox which overlooks Honolulu.  1652409302919326601_187898364

The hike to the diamond head crater summit involves tunnels, narrow passage ways lined with thick concrete barriers and this spiral staircase that takes you up to a pillbox which overlooks Honolulu.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram The royal coat of arms of Hawaii 1652257760870191942_187898364

The royal coat of arms of Hawaii

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Seek and find. 1651633047911498879_187898364

Seek and find.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram A serious series of cinder cones. 1649523578867978577_187898364

A serious series of cinder cones.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Beauty and the Beast  1649434536419590943_187898364

Beauty and the Beast

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Hiking down into the mouth of a dormant volcano. 
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Hiking down into the mouth of a dormant volcano. . . . . . . Research this hike thoroughly before setting out on it.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Hana, Hawaii 
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This was a 'stop the car in the middle of the street and put on the flashers' shot. 1648792579217312996_187898364

Hana, Hawaii . . This was a 'stop the car in the middle of the street and put on the flashers' shot.

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Clothing optional  1648697131060341586_187898364

Clothing optional

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Forests of Bamboo 1648140283978596332_187898364

Forests of Bamboo

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View explorations_of_drink_o's Instagram Searching
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Searching . . . . #chasingwaterfalls

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