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Hotel Grim (Halloween Post)
Posted By: jeffkpotter, 10-22-2008, 04:10 PM

Long post. Big Images. No severe photoshop except for the pano. You couldn't make this one up. These images were taken in a creepy old hotel in Texas. It must have been truly grand in it's day. I thought the graffiti here was odd, but it wasn't until I worked my way up to the roof and saw the sign that it all made sense. I had no idea what the place was named. You should try staying here Halloween night.

Mezzanine


Lobby


Stairwell


Main Staircase (3 piece pano)


Restaurant: Supposedly Bonny and Clyde ate here before they died.


Kitchen: I think there might have been a big fire here. My friend Hector in the picture.


Skylight


Elevator Room (and torture chamber no doubt)


Rooftop Sign




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10-22-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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I like them all and you can really get the mood of that place from your pics, but I really like the 4th pic (the pano) and how the stair case seems to pull you up towards the hole in the roof.
10-22-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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Jeff, those are wonderful, creepy shots. It's amazing how the ghostly shell of a place like that can evoke such emotion.
What on earth were you doing in there, were you trespassing or on an assignment? I hope you were wearing a hard hat and your Tetanus shots are up to date.
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Very timely - creepy place indeed - but I love it

10-22-2008, 09:28 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Jeff, those are wonderful, creepy shots. It's amazing how the ghostly shell of a place like that can evoke such emotion.
What on earth were you doing in there, were you trespassing or on an assignment? I hope you were wearing a hard hat and your Tetanus shots are up to date.
Yes Gary, I was trespassing, but I didn't know it at the time. There were no "Posted Keep Out" signs on the front of the building where I entered, but later I found some on the other side of the hotel. My bad. I was not on assignment. I was just photographing old buildings with a friend and we noticed a broken door. One thing led to another. There were definitely some dangerous areas, but I feel safer in a reinforced concrete building than I do in most old plantation homes and rickety barns. I am more afraid of being hit on the head by some crazy person in a dark hallway while I am changing lenses. (They always get you when your changing a really expensive lens, ha,ha!) It may not look like it from the images, but I am very,very cautious. Proper gear and a trusted, observant friend on hand. Stuff happens, I know.

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10-22-2008, 10:37 PM   #6
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Hi Jeff,

OH I would love to get to walk that place... thanks for sharing this great series. If those walls could talk! You were lucky to get to spend some time inside.
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Jeff, great series. What a subject!

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wow, this series is quite interesting. The colour and the mess are really something
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Excellan series. I had the opportunity to go through an old foundry last year. An employee of the company who owns the old building is a friend of mine and he escorted me and my Grand Daughter through it. Have a few photo's of it posted here in Gallery.
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Great series. Looks like fun to
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Cool series. Very well captured and it's a shame to see what looks like a grand place just falling to ruin. Well done!
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I like it. Definitely my kind of place. I'd love to do some shooting there.

A 4-star hotel if you ask me.
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I like it!!! It's suitably creepy

As for the kitchen shot, there was probably no explosion there... it looks to me like the squatters who use that building made a "campfire" in there. We see that often in vacant buildings.

If you want a trick for "urban exploring" (a nice word for tresspassing ), wear a white hard hat and walk around with a notepad on a clipboard and your camera and "look official"... 95% of the time people won't ask any questions when they see you.

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10-23-2008, 04:21 PM   #14
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QuoteOriginally posted by ve2vfd Quote
I like it!!! It's suitably creepy

As for the kitchen shot, there was probably no explosion there... it looks to me like the squatters who use that building made a "campfire" in there. We see that often in vacant buildings.

If you want a trick for "urban exploring" (a nice word for tresspassing ), wear a white hard hat and walk around with a notepad on a clipboard and your camera and "look official"... 95% of the time people won't ask any questions when they see you.

Pat
Mucho thanks Pat, I'll try to pull that off some time. There was a hellish fire in that kitchen at some point, whether it was started by squatters or incompetent omelet-makers is a matter of some dispute.

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that is indeed a creepy place - looks like it could be the setting of a saturday night Sci-Fi channel original movie..

I would love to get some shots of a place like that - very cool photographs and presentation too.. I really like the collage too.
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