The above picture is one of my favourites. My friend Michael and I came across this abandoned power station as we were exploring Belle Isle in the middle of the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The place was full of teenagers and some of them were jumping off of some upper story windows into the old sluiceway below. They were nervous about the two, “Old guys,” who’d suddenly appeared in their midst but the second they realized we were just checking the place out and not there to cause them any trouble, we became like furniture. I actually think the camera in my hands made me even more invisible.
I haven’t had an opportunity to shoot anything like this since. Mostly because the URBEX locations around the GTA are mostly deserted and Lake Ontario probably lacks the friendly warmth of the James River.
I do wonder about the kids in the shots though from time to time both of the above picture hang in my main floor bathroom and a lot can happen to a person in eight years. I hope they’re all doing well in life and that things are working out for them and that some of them are still jumping off of high windows into water.
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