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  • Terry Reinheimer

    It’s a good thing you captured that wonderful old factory on the Hill when you did. The entire complex of buildings across from Rigazzi’s is being leveled for new home construction. Nice shots.

    December 29, 2016
    • Terry: Thanks for letting me know about the new development on The Hill in St. Louis. It’s always the case, when photographing abandoned places, to keep in mind the urgency involved in timing and preservation. Best to keep a camera on hand just in case. So many beautiful and historically significant structures fall victim to the wrecking ball. Especially in St. Louis where I grew up.

      Rigazzi’s is awesome and I always enjoy dining there when I get back to visit family. I am sadly behind in posting more images from my trip. Took a ton but have not had time to work them all up. Thanks again for dropping by!

      December 31, 2016
  • Madelyn

    Hello! lovely pictures, me and a few friends were wanting to go exploring in a few abandoned places. any recommendations? if so, please email me them with any information you have on them! (Whether they’re really weathered, if you need permission to go in them, ect.) thank you!

    July 11, 2016
    • Madelyn, thanks for stopping by and reading the post. Not sure what geographic locations you are interested in, or where you live. In any case, you need to do your research on the many urbex forums available online. As well as your local urbex groups that may be of assistance.

      In any case, I was only back in St. Louis for a short time to attend my late father’s memorial service. So I did not have a lot of time to explore, or hook up with local St. Louis urban explorers.

      Here are some urbex resources to get started. Keep in mind that you will not find it easy to get people to disclose locations. Again, hooking up with a local group to build trust is the best option.

      http://www.talkurbex.com/

      http://www.uer.ca/

      http://weburbanist.com/2008/05/18/30-awesome-websites-for-adverturous-urban-explorers-urbex-forums-photos-and-more/

      July 11, 2016
  • Ashton Romo

    You wouldn’t happen to remember where the location of the photo at “The Hill” was taken, would you? A friend of mine would like to do a photo shoot there but all we have is your lovely photo to go by.

    June 04, 2015
    • Hi Ashton: I answered your question via email awhile back, but will post it in the comments section for others who are seeking the location. I took the photo on The Hill across the street from Rigazzi’s Italian Restaurant on Daggett Avenue. It was an old abandoned factory. Found it by happenstance as I was dining with my family.

      Note that this building is fenced off and gated, so don’t know how your friend could get inside to do a shoot there without getting permission from the owner. I was able to squeeze my lens through an opening in the fence and take the shot.

      Was just in town for my Dad’s memorial service, so not much time to really do a lot of photography. But I hope to do so on my next trip to STL. Grew up in the STL metro area.

      Have other images of abandoned STL places I still have not had time to work up yet. But will post them when I do.

      Hope this helps you. Have fun and best wishes. Renee

      June 28, 2015
  • Tegan

    I’m getting into urbex. Not gone in any buildings but have taken pics from outside. What tips do you have for a newbie?

    March 25, 2015
    • Hi Tegan: Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. In terms of getting started shooting abandoned places, I recommend visiting the many available urbex forums such as Talk Urbex or the Urban Exploration Resource forum. Hook up with local urban explorers. There are tons of groups everywhere. Safety is first and foremost when exploring – always go with someone else, never alone. Many places are dangerous. Best to try and get permission from property owners if you want inner access. And be respectful, take only pictures and leave only footprints is the urbex mantra.

      If you are interested in urban exploration (urbex) photography shooting and post-processing, I highly recommend a new book (2015) by well-known San Francisco Bay area photographer and urban explorer Todd Sipes, Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places. This superb book not only offers great tips on how to photograph abandoned locations, but has excellent post-processing tutorials. I own this book and it has lots of great information and tips.

      Hope this helps you and best wishes!

      March 25, 2015
  • Abandoned and Historic St. Louis, Missouri: Join Renée Besta as she explores several sites in Missouri that are long abandoned. Renée uses HDR to fully capture and express the intricate textures and details of the various facilities, making for a very special collection of photographs. Each piece is accompanied by a brief background story to add depth to the feature.

    February 09, 2015
  • […] Abandoned and Historic St. Louis, Missouri – join Renée Besta as she explores several sites in Missouri that are long abandoned.  Renée uses HDR to fully capture and express the intricate textures and details of the various facilities, making for a very special collection of photographs.  Each piece is accompanied by a brief background story to add depth to the feature. […]

    August 19, 2014
  • Aaron Odell

    I absolutely love these haunted yet beautiful images. You don’t happen to remember the name of the road that stone wall in Kimmswick is off of do you? I’ve been trying to find it but with no luck.

    Thanks!

    Aaron

    August 15, 2014
    • Hi Aaron: Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comments. The old stone wall is on Windsor Harbor Road just south of downtown Kimmswick, shortly after you cross over Rock Creek.

      Windsor Harbor Road starts at the intersection of Mill and Front Streets in south downtown Kimmswick. It makes a hard hairpin right turn shortly after the stone wall, which is on the right as you are driving south.

      You really can’t miss it.

      August 15, 2014
  • Kevin Cole

    You have been through a mixed bag of nuts and I’m sure your emotions have fallen and risen each day. Glad you were able to unplug yourself from the realities and enjoy photographing the past sights and urban deterioration of what once was. You captured it perfectly.

    July 31, 2014
    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Kevin. Yes, the trip was a very mixed bag of emotional nuts – from my father’s funeral service, to meeting my entire paternal biological family for the first time. Being able to finally meet my birthfather Don was an amazing and highly emotional experience.

      To reunions with wonderful college friends I’ve not seen for ages, then saying goodbye to my entire immediate adoptive family who are all now deceased. And hello to a whole new one to whom I’m blood related and thrilled to have in my life. I am still a bit in a fog, but was lucky to get out and do quite a bit of photography in the St. Louis area. More soon.

      August 04, 2014

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