I’ve included this image as part of my NOLA coaster set, which is available for sale at MidnightOwl.Gallery. One each of 5×7, 8×8 and 8×10 prints are also available (use the special order form). Eaves, Chris (May 21, 2016). City Park Lagoon [Photograph]. New Orleans, […]
Chicago, unlike many large cities, enjoys plenty of open spaces and unused or underutilized spaces — including this parking lot that was vacant in the middle of a workweek. One copy of this print is available for purchase! Eaves, Chris (Aug. 7, 2015). Pre-Pay [Photograph]. […]
Please join me in honoring all those who sacrificed their lives to win and preserve our freedom. This week I’m taking a pause as we’ve reached the midway point in four series. One copy of this print is available for purchase!
- Eaves, Chris (July 8, 2017). George [Photograph]. Mt. Rushmore N.P., S.D., shot on a Canon 6D at 200mm, 1/400 sec., f7.1 at ISO500.
Here’s another photo from the archives and one I’ve published in a few iterations of my website. Known as the “Ruinas del Faro de Guánica,” the abandoned Guánica lighthouse, pictured above, dates back to 1893. I’ve named this photo “Sentinel” in honor of Robustiano Rivera, […]
A police trailer sits inside the secure area and appears to offer video surveillance of the property. Even though it closed seven years ago, the area still feels recently abandoned.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 7 [Photograph]. Dwight, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 24mm, 1/320 sec., f8 at ISO400.
The Dwight Correctional Center, which was also known as Oakdale Reformatory for Women and the Illinois Penitentiary for Women at Dwight, closed in 2013 after a round of state budget cuts. The facility first opened in 1930. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 6 [Photograph]. […]
The tops of the bunkers are covered in earth and natural foliage. Climbing to the top reveals a nice vista of the restored tallgrass prairie—complete with bison—that is now part of the National Parks system.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 5 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/125 sec., f8 at ISO400.
Approaching an open bunker is eerie. The sound from your feet collects in the bunker and bounces back at you like a giant megaphone. Thankfully nothing was living inside this one. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 4 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, […]
Some bunkers remain locked, while others have had their asbestos-laden doors removed or propped open. In 1942, one of the plants supplying the bunkers exploded. The blast was felt “for a radius of 100 miles.”(1) Despite the severity of the calamity, the other 11 production facilities at the site remained in operation.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 3 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/125 sec., f8 at ISO400.
(1) Associated Press, “Explosion Fails To Jar Morale”, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, Sunday 7 June 1942, Volume 60, Number 24, page 3.)
Here’s the locked door to one of the ammunition bunkers at the former Joliet Arsenal. The nearly 400 bunkers were designed to contain an ordnance explosion, and the steel doors, like this one here, contain asbestos. Disassembly of each bunker costs approximately $50,000. As such, […]
For the next two weeks, I’ll release images in a short “Abandoned Government” series and offer a bit of history with each photo. Seen here is an ammunition bunker on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal. The arsenal opened in 1940, ceased production in […]