Before my Wife and I left Chicago to check out small rural town life I was an active photographer some 20 years. I worked on many projects during my 12 years in Chicago but I always felt attracted to the grim beauty of the post industrial world – the rust belt – that was slowly being cleaned up. Being from the Southwest it was a new and invigorating experience to see these decaying beasts .
I genuinely enjoyed getting up at the crack of dawn and heading out to the nether-lands of Chicago industry. It could be hard to get good shots in a lot of these places, typically because the steel companies weren’t too keen on letting photographers trek about their lots. So I either had to do hit and run excursions or lurk about the outer perimeter.
At any rate here’s a handful of that imagery.