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Bronze Foundry Open House - SOLD OUT

Posted: 31st May 2010
I'm excited to present the next in this summer's series of Abandoned America events, the Photo Open House at a former bronze/brass foundry hosted in conjunction with Philadelphia Salvage Company!

Location: Brass/bronze foundry, near W. Allegheny Ave & W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia
Date/Time: June 22, 2013 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $55/ea.

The Event: This photo open house takes place at a medium sized, 20,000 square foot foundry building in Philadelphia. We are working on finding more history about the building itself but know at this point it was a brass/bronze foundry. Many of the wheels, pulleys, etc. for the belt driven systems still remain, and currently the site is being used to store dozens of old pianos (and other miscellany) in varying states of decay. There is a chance that some of the pianos will be removed before the date of the open house; if this is the case it will make it easier to focus on the overall architecture of the building. The site will be restored to use in the very near future so this is the last chance to see it in its present condition!

You are free to show up whenever you like during the time listed, take as long as you like to tour/photograph it during the open house period, socialize with other guests/photographers, and ask Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America any questions you might have about how to improve your photographs while you are there. This is structured to be much less formal and more open-ended than previous photography workshops.

In addition, when you are finished at the site you can get beer and burgers at Philadelphia Salvage Company's awesome store 3.5 miles away. Philadelphia Salvage has been kind enough to allow this event in their new foundry building and has many artifacts from locations photographed on the Abandoned America website, including quite a few gems from the now-demolished Julia de Burgos Magnet Middle School on 8th and Lehigh St.

So it's a mixer, a cookout, a tour/workshop all in one, taking place in a great industrial building full of neat stuff and in one of the premier shops for artifacts saved from abandoned sites in the Philly area. What more could you ask for?

Safety and Rules: There is no electricity or working bathrooms at the foundry, and you need to be aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. You may not remove any items at the foundry. If you do you may be asked to leave the site. You will be asked to sign a waiver before you enter acknowledging that you are entering a potentially unsafe environment and that you will not hold either the owners or myself liable for any harm that may befall you or your equipment. Obviously the first priority on the trip, even before taking great pictures, is making sure that you are safe - but you will need to be the one looking out for that.

What to bring:
- sturdy boots that protect your feet
- your tripod if you want to take good images
- your camera manual if you're unsure how to change settings. I can help you find the information you need in the manual but most cameras have their own ways of accessing features and changing settings and that makes things a lot easier.

Refunds: Because of the extremely limited spots there are NO REFUNDS if you have signed up unless the event is cancelled. You may give a paid spot in the event to someone else if you are unable to attend.

Any questions? Send me a note at admin@abandonedamerica.org


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