The ghost town of Gary, Indiana is a stone’s throw from Chicago—you can even see it from some of the tallest skyscrapers downtown. But the birthplace of the Jackson Five has long since been mostly abandoned to let nature take its course. It’s an eerie and fascinating look at what happens when the people just… leave. There’s something new to examine every time we go—last month we tiptoed around the collapsed train station, the massive old amphitheater, the peeling high school, and peered into the windows of houses that have been lonely for decades. It never fails to astound me how quickly nature (and graffiti artists) reclaim unused space.
The photo trips require a tetanus shot before you charge your camera batteries are the best kind.