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gpmcguire
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If you are looking for an interesting place to shoot maybe you should scout out one of these abandoned houses.

http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/re/gr/0323_mudhouse-mansion-lancaster-oh_485x340.jpg

http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/re/gr/0323_lynnewood-hall-elkins-park-pa-mansion_485x340.jpg

http://www.forbes.com/2011/03/23/abando … er=yahoore

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John Rayner
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Ninja shooting is one thing, breaking and entering is something else. Neat locations...

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gpmcguire
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I'm not advocating the anything illegal here.
However the grounds of some of these houses might be worth a trespassing charge.

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John Rayner
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They might indeed, if you have the cash for the fines, for the entire crew. It is easy enough to get premission or rent the house by the hour/day. I would imagine it would be less than the cost of the fines. Tax records are public record, and show the name and contact information of the owner.

Most larger Real Estate firms belong to IDX (Internet Data Exchange). You can find the nicest most expensive homes in your area, within 5 minutes. Then a quick call to any firm and you can schedule a showing. If unoccupied, take it from there. The realtor is a broker, it is their job to broker a deal.

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Jon Gilchrist
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Hmmm...Some of these are not too far away.

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Kevlar Vest Girl
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Jon Gilchrist wrote:

Hmmm...Some of these are not too far away.

Call me if you're going to make it a day trip!

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Curtis Wood
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-I look for similar structures to shoot out West here too Glenn.

-It is real interesting finding old abandoned houses and cabins in the middle of nowhere-ville to shoot.  In the East, I bet permission wouldn't be too hard to obtain once the locations are found and a quick look online at city/county plats for ownership.

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Muta Photography
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For anyone who happens to be in the North West on England, there's an entire complex of abandoned buildings near Fleetwood, Lancashire. You can spend an entire day shooting in there, as there are so many buildings, with so many different personalities and looks. No fences to climb either. It's like they just up and left years ago.

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Here's a video of the abandoned Grossinger's Resort in Liberty, NY.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5fAdKshdaI

here's the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, NY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA7ROs2IYiI

the videos are made by photographer Walter Arnold - http://walterarnold.photoshelter.com/

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John Rayner
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Nice links! Thanks!

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Laura Ann Photography
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Maybe this is me being reckless, but if it's just me and a model, and we don't have to physically break in, we're not going to bother with any kind of permit.

Many abandoned houses are owned by the city, and the city isn't going to let you play in them.  Too much danger of getting hurt, fear of additional property damage, whatever.

So along as I don't have to break out a window to gain access, I just go in.  Sometimes I get caught, sometimes I don't.  Whenever I do get caught, I talk to the police, apologize, and offer to leave.  I've never had an issue, in fact, many of the officers just tell me not to come back and then start asking about photography.  Maybe I get lucky because I'm a young female, but I've never had serious issues.  (well, outside of the one time on a federal bridge, but all they really did is question me and inspect my gear.  I got off super easy!)

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Laura Ann Photography
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gpmcguire wrote:

Here's a video of the abandoned Grossinger's Resort in Liberty, NY.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5fAdKshdaI

here's the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, NY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA7ROs2IYiI

the videos are made by photographer Walter Arnold - http://walterarnold.photoshelter.com/

Oooh!  Grossinger's looks amazing!

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John Rayner
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Laura Ann Photography wrote:

Maybe this is me being reckless, but if it's just me and a model, and we don't have to physically break in, we're not going to bother with any kind of permit.

Many abandoned houses are owned by the city, and the city isn't going to let you play in them.  Too much danger of getting hurt, fear of additional property damage, whatever.

So along as I don't have to break out a window to gain access, I just go in.  Sometimes I get caught, sometimes I don't.  Whenever I do get caught, I talk to the police, apologize, and offer to leave.  I've never had an issue, in fact, many of the officers just tell me not to come back and then start asking about photography.  Maybe I get lucky because I'm a young female, but I've never had serious issues.  (well, outside of the one time on a federal bridge, but all they really did is question me and inspect my gear.  I got off super easy!)

As an old fart, I can't support any breaking and entering actions. Not saying what I do in practice mind you. You know us photographers, anything for the shot. I just can't publically support that type of thing.  big_smile

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gpmcguire
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If you want to see truly reckless but awesome stuff just google "urban explorers"

Does anyone in Maryland know anything about the "abandoned silk mill"? it seems the person that owns the land will open it up to photographers and did so this last weekend.

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P I X I E
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Wow! I really wanna shoot in places like these.

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Lumigraphics
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Fat chance getting permission. And most of my shots aren't planned out so trying to decide- this day we are going to be on this property...not gonna happen.

I'm an explorer. Leave me the hell alone  big_smile

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John Rayner
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Lumigraphics wrote:

Fat chance getting permission. And most of my shots aren't planned out so trying to decide- this day we are going to be on this property...not gonna happen.

I'm an explorer. Leave me the hell alone  big_smile

Wow... Reality... What a concept. Whoever thought up this crap anyway. lol

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Magicc Imagery
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Where is that .... you can email me if you want This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   maybe we could get together and make use of it?  :-)