Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dead Inside: Part One


It will always amaze me the things that get forgotten about when people leave.

I've passed this duplex-style house many times but have never had the chance to investigate. Unfortunately, the house was pretty well sealed, but there were still plenty of interesting items to be seen between the yard and the pair of dilapidated two-car garages.






The backyard through the opening of an old door knob.




- Jason Unoriginal

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two-Wheel Tuesday: 4

64.9/2500

Slowly working my way towards completing my first 100 miles of the year, but with the month nearing an end and not even having reached 1/25 of my overall goal, I will need to step things up in the month of February.

The bicycle is the retired Matte Black 4 from State Bicycle, utilizing an Origin 8 front rack.

Late last week I did make a stop into see Michael Hudecek, the owner of Forest City Portage. Michael will be building me a custom, hand-made backpack that will be incredibly versatile, and serve multiple purposes in every facet of my lifestyle.

Photo sourced from http://forestcityportage.com/.

Every time that I would ask him, "Do you think I can have this..." or, "Would it be too much work to do that..." his response was always, "I can do anything you need me to." 

I'm definitely excited to get my hands on the finished product.
 Happy riding. Xx

- Jason Unoriginal

Monday, January 26, 2015

Painting With Light

Before you read ahead, take a few seconds to study the photo.


Do you know what you're looking at?

Well yes, of course it's an image of a city street, with the tops of the Cleveland skyline peaking above the Lorain-Carnegie bridge. And of course I digitally (and poorly) copy-and-pasted a photo of some graffiti onto the billboard in the image.

Or did I?

You are looking at one of the most recently-created forms of light painting, where, in this case, I utilized a six-foot-tall, fully programmable, LED-based light bar, combined with a long-exposure, to capture a whole new style of light painting photography.

I will have more thorough information on the hand-built light bar one of these days, but for now, check out how it's creator, Jake, used it to visually incorporate sound into his photographs.

- Jason Unoriginal

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The National Acme Co.

This place is huge. 

Even with over one-third of the factory having already been demolished, I still felt like there was plenty to delve into. On the ground floor, industrial rooms stretched out infinitely. We didn't spend much time down here for two reasons:

1.) With the exception of a neat, old security office, there was not much to look at.
2.) Over the last few years, someone has been illegally dumping trash inside of the complex, and I personally didn't care to spend too much time near it. I'm not talking about a few garbage bags leftover from an underage party, I'm talking truck loads.

 

 The stories overhead produced an eye-catching arched ceiling, floors of wooden fault lines, and a few more personable rooms, filled with office supplies and even a few, old, enormous hard drives.






Shifting pressure on the building has lead to the buckling of these old, wooden-block floors, creating rifts throughout.


As the daylight was coming to an end, we made our way to the roof to catch an impressive sunset.



- Jason Unoriginal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Let's Play Some Puck

The other day I was given an invitation to join my close friend Rob and his two boys along with some friends for a little stick-and-puck action on their backyard rink. It had been a few years since I had played, but who could resist an invitation like that?




Let the shootout begin:

Stuffing Grayson stickside.

Vince sniping me, five-hole.

Hitting Gavin with the poke check.
 
 


I'm a little out of shape, but what a blast! Hopefully plenty more to come this year.
Thanks again to Rob for the invite, and for snapping the photos of me.

- Jason Unoriginal

Two-Wheel Tuesday: 3

42.0/2500

What a sad week for the bicycle. 

Due to a seasonally-shortened work schedule with the addition of some unplanned anxiety issues, I unfortunately wasn't feeling quite well enough to accomplish any more than a mere 7.3 miles in the last seven days. Let's hope this upcoming week is improved.

For now, here are a few photos of my State from last Tuesday.




- Jason Unoriginal

Monday, January 19, 2015

Jeff's Birthday

Celebrating the birthday of Jeff has long been a tradition combining dinner with the closest of friends.

Dinner: always the same restaurant.
Jeff's facial hair: always different.

The last three years have resulted in additional post-dinner festivities in the form of a celebratory climb or two.

Jeff, Kaylah, Jake, Brandon, and myself started the night with an easy, old favorite that offers one of the best views of the city's skyline:




 This will be the only time you ever see Jake on a bridge, so enjoy it. Thanks for joining us last evening!







Jeff, Brandon, and I continued on to grab one more spot before closing out the night:

 




 Shoutout to the OTE boys for always putting in work.

 


Be sure to check out last year's steel wool photo, and the group-shot from our bridge climb two years ago, both originally photographed by Brandon. Please ignore my cheesy Instagram filters.

Happy birthday once again, Jeff, and may the tradition continue for many years to come! Love you, brother.

- Jason Unoriginal