I rode those subways in the early 80s (as I'm sure some others here did), and it's true, they were filthy and stinky and fucked up, but I don't know if they were any more dangerous than the rest of the city above ground...
Last night the family went to the open house for my eldest's high school for next year. Apparently Zoe Strauss does the art. She's wound up & awesome. It was very cool to finally meet her. Love her work. http://www.zoestrauss.com/
In January I fond a Canon DSLR that my sister bought and never used. For two weeks I was taking photography's 5-6 hours a day learning the triangle, just stuff I saw around the house. It only lasted two weeks, I'm learning watercolor painting. I planned on keep this going, but... planning was never for me, I'm impulsive. This are the pictures I've taken.
all the empty buildings, factories etc. after they had their use. Abandoned America. I'm sure Matthew Christopher will have lots to photograph when he can get out a little more. When I see construction & it's something like a new strip mall in the suburbs I refer to it as building ghosts. Even if the buildings remain standing, their use and/or need seems to disappear into the mist quickly. https://www.abandonedamerica.us/
that was one of my favourite things to do as a kid and even as an adult - until the thought of getting caught as
an adult was too embarrassing and risky.
a few weeks after starting this painting of an old factory some of the workers walking past me said "you know they're
tearing it down in a couple of months?" - after everyone vacated i could walk inside and through the spaces you can
see through the windows. it was amazing and surreal, as if i was entering the painting. there was one of those old
coffee dispensing machines - that drop the paper cup - in the hallway that still worked and i'd get a coffee to have
while i sat outside and painted it. the place was a ghost town, just me and the whole place to myself.
i probably spent 3 months sitting outside as it turned from fall to winter finishing it.