Recently I met up with Jesi to do a little exploring. We spent the day photographing an abandoned school in Cleveland. It was literally one of the most fun days ever. Not only did Jesi and I hit it off immediately, we had a blast snooping around and taking pictures. I took a ton of photos (three posts worth!) that I want to share. It was seriously just the coolest experience.
 
The note that Jesi is holding in the photo above was a pretty awesome find. It started with "how can you say I don't love you because I cheat on you?" It basically only got better from there...

I really hope this is something you all are interested in seeing more of on The Dainty Squid. I not only have two more photos loaded with school photos, I have photos from an abandoned church as well. I have a feeling there will be lots more urban exploring in my future.
xoxo


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  1. Please post more of these sorts of photos and posts. I'm obsessed. You've even motivated me to pick up my 35mm camera and start shooting more film again!

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  2. Looks like an amazing adventure!!

    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  3. Love love love this type of thing...keep it coming!

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  4. Abandoned places have that exciting & mysterious touch, absolutely love your find! Would you be sharing more about that cheat/love story? :) Hope so! Oh! and loved Jesi's instagram, her cat Digby is a cutie!!!!
    The cat, you and us

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    1. Oh my goodness, right?! Digby is PRECIOUS. I'm dying to meet him.

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  5. can't wait to see the abandoned church photos!

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  6. I love this! Such great photos, I need to get out and find stuff like that. Keep on exploring :0)

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  7. i really like pics from abandoned places... sometimes it's just so magical :)

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  8. How awesome! I have always been somewhat of a sucker for abandoned building. I really love the remnants of the buildings past, like that note- just awesome!

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  9. Love it! And I'm dying to read the rest of that note!

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  10. Bahhhh that is so cool! I keep meaning to do some urban exploring in/around Toronto, it just hasn't happened yet. There's something eerily beautiful about abandoned buildings. The peeling paint, the graffiti that finds its way onto rotting old walls, the debris everywhere. Love it!

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  11. I absolutely love urbexing, and it was always something I thought you might have or gain an interest in! Definitely keen to see more.

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    1. Haha. Funny how well people who don't know me can know me. It's definitely always something I've been interested in but hadn't really had an opportunities. Now I live in a city filled with beautiful buildings to explore and have awesome friends who want to take me.

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    2. durrrr. That first (well, second) sentence didn't make sense. I mean it's funny how people who don't know me in real life can know me so darn well. Just forgetting words. :P

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  12. Looove abandoned buildings. There is a certain beauty in them. But they are also kind of "Candyman"-ish. Yeah, what does the rest of the note say? :)

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  13. Ahh, urban exploration. The quickest key to my heart besides photography. Add them both together, and I'm in total bliss. Do you know if you have any abandoned hospitals/mental wards around you? Those are always great for urbex.

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  14. Oh my God, these are amazing and beautiful and so interesting. What did the rest of the letter say!? I love abandoned buildings, please do post more :)

    Molly x

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  15. Eeek, this is so awesome! I'm SO down for more.

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  16. These are awesome! It makes me want to explore parts of Atlanta that I'm still discovering! I can't wait to see more!

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  17. I've always wanted to go urban exploring and never have. I am obsessed with abandoned places, so these posts are right up my alley!

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  18. adore seeing photos of your adventures, they inspire me to go exploring too x

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  19. That is pretty much the coolest thing ever. I would love to hear the stories those walls tell!! I cant wait to see more!
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  20. That note at the end sounds brilliant! I'd love to explore abandoned places, but I always chicken out

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  21. This is one of the coolest abandoned schools I've ever seen. I love how your photos are so bright which is a great contrast to all the decay.

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  22. I just love abandoned places. If only we had some around that I could walk into without fear of being arrested...

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  23. I love all sorts of abandoned buildings, but schools are definitely my sweet spots! ugh this is all just so gorgeous, I'd absolutely love to see more of this on The Dainty Squid! :)

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  24. And now i want to read the whole note!!! please please share more! This urban explorations are just perfect!

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  25. I love this sort of stuff! Looking forward to more!

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  26. Love these! If I still lived in Ohio I would totally invite myself on your abandoned building explorations - more photos always please :)

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    1. You wouldn't have to invite yourself, you have an open invitation for whenever you come back for a visit!! :)

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  27. This is amazing. I love abandoned buildings. It's so much fun. I love this school. It looks amazing. Can't wait to see more!

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  28. How cool! And your pictures are awesome, by the way. Abandoned places are so fascinating...

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  29. I love photos from abandoned buildings. Can't wait to see more from you :)

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  30. wish i could go to some of these places and photograph. looks like there's some seriously awesome stuff to discover.

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  31. SO stoked you guys are into this!! I'm very excited to share more!!
    :D

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  32. Cant wait for pictures from abandoned church:)

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  33. Bah! This is amazing! How do you find so many great places! Next time I'm in Cleveland I will definitely have to check this out!

    Speaking of Jesi, she did the Craftin Outlaw's craft show last year. If you are planning on going to that or are ever in the Columbus area, there are several shops in that area that are great! I can totes hook you up!

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  34. Oh my, I love this!
    I cant wait for more posts like this! :)

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  35. Kaylah, I would freaking LOVE you to write more posts like this! I'm a little obsessed with abandoned buildings but there's not a whole lot of opportunities around my way. Boo!

    I'm so glad there's somebody else who shares my weird interests. I've been into graveyards, derelict buildings and taxidermy since I was a kid and everybody's always been a bit creeped out by it. So awesome that there's other people like me out there haha!

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  36. I LOVE your urban explorations! I love how you could even make up fictional stories based around your photo essays/blog posts!

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  37. I would LOVE to see more of these posts! Exploring abandoned buildings is one of my favorite things ever, but I'm usually too much of a wimp to do it, so I want to live vicariously through you :)

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  38. Love this type of photos, the place is perfect, can´t wait for the second part

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  39. I love urban exploring, I just got back from the Abandoned Stella Artois factory in my town :)

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  40. I'd love to know how that note continues! You could write a whole story based on that!

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