When a friend sends a random link to an abandoned building that’s under an hour away with some pretty cool photos and an invite to go the next day, one goes along. This morning a few of us rolled into the former coal cracking town of Lansford, PA, which in it’s day was probably something a tad nicer. Life isn’t easy in former coal towns and this one has seen better days. Lansford is the home to Kiddie Kloes, a clothing factory that made Cinderella brand clothing, amongst others. Sadly, it closed in 1988 and has been neglected and to die by the side of the road, ironically in the center of the city, only a few dozen yards from the local football stadium.
Getting into this place sucks. I’ll leave it at that. 25 years of broken windows, has let thousands of birds in, based off the poop on the work floors. Rain water has seeped in making some of the floors buckle from swelling and shrinking, while holes are in other sections of the place. The natural light pours in factory glass, what’s left of it. There are still dozens of machines left, spools of thread and labels that will never be sewn on clothing, along with time cards that won’t ever get punched. It’s sad, because the building will sooner or later fall to the ground, and so much could be salvaged before hand. The weathered bricks would make for beautiful pavers while the wood could easily be turned into new flooring for a home, dining room tables or even mantles. Sadly, Made in the U.S.A. doesn’t hold the weight it used to.
Edit August 6, 2014: I’d like to thank everyone who has shared this on Facebook, via email or other social networks. Reading the stories from those who have lived in Lansford, worked at the factory or had family who worked there has warmed my heart, even if what’s left is cold and decrypt. Please continue leaving comments and sharing with those who may have worked here, I’d like to keep reading future comments and for as many to see as possible. I’d also like to make prints available to anyone interested for a very reasonable price, if interested. Please contact me with what image(s) you’d be interested in along with a size and I’ll get you a quote.
Hard to believe a whole year has passed, but it has. Seeing my friends’ family grow year after year is an amazing thing, and I’m glad I get the opportunity to shoot them. Last year, it was overcast and cold, this year we were blessed with an unseasonably warm November day and basked in the warmth of the sun for this late afternoon shoot at a local park. I’m totally thrilled with the shoot and can’t believe how big Chloe & Vivian have grown.
Five years ago I did some holiday photos for friends and, at the time neighbors Amanda, James & Kylie. The family of 3 are no longer my neighbors and no longer a family of 3. Now, the family of 5 lives a few hours away, but made the trip back to have their annual photos done at the same location for their sixth shoot, and this time Quinn is here too. Take a look back through the years to see this evolution.It’s such an honor to shoot the same families over and over, and in this case, watch their three beautiful girls grow up.
Well over a year ago I did some head shots for a local artists, producer and DJ, Angel B. The images were used on his website and overall, received very well. The photos have since been re-purposed with the talent from MDC, for these promo flyers.
What was once a very upscale and professional, look on a white wall has been transformed into a great image to promote Angel B’s weekly event.
Being inspired by the people around me is important, and while often grumpy, Keith B has been a longtime friend who has inspired and encouraged me to start my own business and had my back for years. Over the last few years he’s become one of the most sought after tattoo machine builders, brilliantly handcrafting them one at a time in his workshop while remaining humble and grounded. Over a month ago he asked me to come take photos of him building machines and some finished ones for an upcoming magazine interview.
Keith is finally getting the much deserved shine he’s deserved in Tattoo Master 21, out now. Steve Pearson, a member of the #KBMWCT did the interview, and asked all the right questions without poking the bear too much. Go order a copy now!