Hello Instagram Friends, my name is Bryant, I am a local photographer and urban explorer. I mainly shoot abandoned buildings, and from time to time I dabble in portraits. Some of you may be more familiar with offthegrid.photography; I am the man behind the curtain. Photo credit @visual.buffet

 

 

I wanted to start my week the same way I like to start my mornings, with a sunrise. This was taken a top of the cities tallest abandoned building, admission is cheap - with just 16 flights of stairs, 'til the top. 

 

 

With no real idea what I was doing, I went out and bought a camera and decided I was going to explore. This photo was taken Labor Day 2015; the first time I used my camera on my first adventure. Blown away by the graffiti in the aqueduct I faintly noticed blue lights creeping from the distance. I climbed the concrete barrier to cross into the adjacent tunnel, and a vehicle emerged from the darkness. To my surprise, a Rochester Police car appeared. I crossed the barrier,  reached for my camera, to capture the moment just in time. 

 

 

Left to rust, this 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne has been forgotten. Equipped with a 235 ci straight 6, and a 3-speed Powerglide, this beauty has not touched pavement in years. With a vin number unrecognizable, the car’s abandonment was unclear. One thing I was certain is that ermine white exterior and turquoise interior, made photographing that vehicle irresistible. 

 

 

 

I moved to here about 2 years ago, and have been amazed with the diverse, forgotten buildings spread throughout the greater Rochester Area . From state hospitals (pictured above) to automotive factories, this city keeps giving me reasons to explore. I particularly I appreciate the amount of decay for every place I travel, I've notice for no two buildings corrode the same. 

 

 

I am always up for that new challenge, but when @krystal.d asked if I would take photos for her 27th birthday, I didnt think it would involve cake being thrown around my studio! We dubbed the 'What's My Age Again' shoot, after her love for Blink-182, and I quickly realized, Krystal is a true child at heart. Steve Jobs said it best... stay hungry, stay foolish.

 

 

With the death of retail slowly spreading like cancer amongst retail stores, this brick and mortar business quickly became a tomb encapsulating its victims, proudly showcasing dead storefronts, like gold trophies, tucked on a shelf and covered in dust. Twin Pines mall was unable to maintain a velocity of 88 miles per hour; the mall met its demise in early 2009, when all but two anchor stores closed.

 

 

I would like to take a moment and thank the Instagram community, I've met some of the coolest people, made the best of friends, and experienced some of the most memorable days of my life. On a side note I'm a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan, and one of my favorite quotes by him is “Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly -- all these make for great stories.” I've been asked some of the wildest questions about my photography; I'd like to answer some of yours today, leave a comment below!

 

 

Here we are, approaching the end of my week. I want to express my gratitude toward all who’ve shown support. I especially want to thank Explore Rochester for providing me with this opportunity to share my view of city. Over the past few years people have asked the wildest questions; I'd like to take a moment and answer some of yours today, Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Hello Instagram Friends, my name is Bryant, I am a local photographer and urban explorer. I mainly shoot abandoned buildings, and from time to time I dabble in portraits. Some of you may be more familiar with offthegrid.photography; I am the man behind the curtain. Photo credit @visual.buffet

 

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I wanted to start my week the same way I like to start my mornings, with a sunrise. This was taken a top of the cities tallest abandoned building, admission is cheap - with just 16 flights of stairs, 'til the top. 

 

2.

 

With no real idea what I was doing, I went out and bought a camera and decided I was going to explore. This photo was taken Labor Day 2015; the first time I used my camera on my first adventure. Blown away by the graffiti in the aqueduct I faintly noticed blue lights creeping from the distance. I climbed the concrete barrier to cross into the adjacent tunnel, and a vehicle emerged from the darkness. To my surprise, a Rochester Police car appeared. I crossed the barrier,  reached for my camera, to capture the moment just in time. 

 

3.

 

Left to rust, this 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne has been forgotten. Equipped with a 235 ci straight 6, and a 3-speed Powerglide, this beauty has not touched pavement in years. With a vin number unrecognizable, the car’s abandonment was unclear. One thing I was certain is that ermine white exterior and turquoise interior made photographing that vehicle irresistible. 

 

4.

 

I moved to here about 2 years ago, and have been amazed by the diverse, forgotten buildings spread throughout the greater Rochester Area. From state hospitals (pictured above) to automotive factories, this city keeps giving me reasons to explore. I particularly I appreciate the amount of decay for every place I travel, I've noticed that no two buildings corrode the same. 

 

5.

 

I am always up for that new challenge, but when @krystal.d asked if I would take photos for her 27th birthday, I didn't think it would involve cake being thrown around my studio! We dubbed the 'What's My Age Again' shoot, after her love for Blink-182, and I quickly realized, Krystal is a true child at heart. Steve Jobs said it best... "stay hungry, stay foolish."

 

6.

 

With the death of retail slowly spreading like cancer amongst retail stores, this brick and mortar business quickly became a tomb encapsulating its victims, proudly showcasing dead storefronts, like gold trophies, tucked on a shelf and covered in dust. Twin Pines mall was unable to maintain a velocity of 88 miles per hour; the mall met its demise in early 2009 when all but two anchor stores closed.

 

7.

 

I would like to take a moment and thank the Instagram community, I've met some of the coolest people, made the best of friends, and experienced some of the most memorable days of my life. On a side note, I'm a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan, and one of my favorite quotes by him is “Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly -- all these make for great stories.” I've been asked some of the wildest questions about my photography; I'd like to answer some of yours today, leave a comment below!

 

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Here we are, approaching the end of my week. I want to express my gratitude toward all who’ve shown support. I especially want to thank Explore Rochester for providing me with this opportunity to share my view of the city. Over the past few years, people have asked the wildest questions; I'd like to take a moment and answer some of yours today, Leave a comment below!