Victoreen Instrument Company - The Dainty Squid

Victoreen Instrument Company

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The same day these photos were taken Jeff, Brandon and I also explored an abandoned building that was formerly The Victoreen Instrument Company. Victoreen manufactured radiation meters. They provided much of the radiation equipment for the Manhattan Project (think atomic bombs, if you're not familiar). The building was built in 1926. Victoreen left in 1978 and the factory was bought by another company for $1. The property was transferred a few more times before the final sale in 2009. One would assume the building was probably used but not properly cared for a little while before eventually falling into disrepair. It's a fairly big building, probably one of the largest I've explored to date. I really enjoyed shooting it.
I'm so pleased with these photos. I feel like I'm finally really finding my footing with shooting abandoned spaces. For a little while I was really struggling because of the limitations of my everyday lens, the 40mm, and just being frustrated with editing. Not too long ago I purchased a new lens that finally lets me shoot what I'm picturing in my head when I walk into these places. It's actually kind of renewed my love of digital photography. In the last few months I've definitely been reaching for my pentax over the 60D but that's changed since buying that lens.

I actually have another post full of photos from this same building, I just couldn't narrow down my favorites from the day. I'll be sharing those next week or so. 
xoxo

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  1. wow, america has a lot of old and abandoned buildings, very awsome ones too

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    1. Oh yeah! And this is just in one tiny little area. I can't even imagine what else is out there!

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  2. These pictures are rad! I wish I had the guts to explore abandoned buildings.

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  3. This is crazy! It's so cool (and also sad) that these places exist. Nice photos!

    Miranda
    Little Gold Pocket Watch

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  4. I'd love to explore some abandoned buildings during the daytime, but I just don't know how to find them! I'm sure there are a bunch around the Philly area, but I don't know of other people around here that are into that.

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    1. I like that you specified during the daytime. Haha! I'm the biiiiiggest wuss! I've been in abandoned buildings at night a couple times, and it freaks me out so bad. I'm just not really a fan of the dark!

      As for meeting people in the area who explore, try searching related tags on instagram and flickr. Maybe you could meet someone that way? Worth a shot!

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  5. Oh goodness I don't know how you could stand on the edge of that shaft, I'd be so scared! You really find the most amazing places to explore.

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    1. Haha! I love taking photos like that, with my toes dangling over the edge of something high up.

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  6. These photographs are amazing!
    I love how it's such an abandon and destroyed place yet it stills so much beauty.
    I love when you photograph abandoned areas. I never really get to see much of that where I'm from.

    xx
    destroyed-beauty.blogspot

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    1. Thanks Chelsea! I'm so glad to hear that you like my abandoned building photos. :)

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  7. It never ceases to amaze me how you find these places. That sticker, juxtaposed with all the rubble, is particularly awesome.

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    1. I know, the second I saw the sticker I was like "I NEED a picture of that!"

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I love your vision through the lens!
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

    ~ Tammy @ Through the Milk Glass

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    1. Aw, thank you for such a sweet comment!! :)

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  9. This was such a fun day! And your photos turned out so good!!

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    1. I know! We need to do it again soon!

      Thank you!! I'm so happy with these ones. Thank you for always encouraging me. :)

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  10. You are so talented! I've been following your blog for a really long time now, and I've always always loved your photography. I can't wait to see the next set of photos! I love the peeling paint ones and the one with the toilets!

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  11. Great photos! You always do get these photos that has this classic feel to them.

    http://kintsugioflife.blogspot.com

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  12. Really nice pictures, i have never wanted to see an abandoned building but now i could go see this one

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  13. Your pictures are always so wonderful. I love being able to live through your lens for a few minutes. :)

    born-in-august.blogspot.com

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  14. you've inspired me to get out my wide angle lens and play. what state is this building in? around here, it's mostly old farms and barns that get left behind….

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