Hamilton or Bust.... or Bust

Well back near the end of October our photo group, which I have started to call the modern day group of 7!, took a day trip down to Hamilton to try and do the Urbex thing. Urbex is the fancy dancy name for urban exploration which all the cool kids are using these days. There was three buildings we had in mind to enter that day. First the old abandoned Firestone factory… bust. This building looked great on the Internet, until we showed up and realized the City of Hamilton took it over and is now the HQ for their Public Works department. Next was this building called the Lister block… bust number 2! Again this building looked amazing on the Internet, an entire city block that was abandoned. I guess this building was one of the first indoor shopping malls in Canada and was around for years. When we showed up, it was freshly renovated and occupied by stores! Last on the building tour list was the Royal Connaught Hotel… bust number 3! Again another beauty of a building that we seen on the net, but in the midst of renovations when we showed up! Now this is where I get bittersweet. As a photographer and Urbex’er I really wanted to get into these buildings! But on the other hand, as a proud Canadian, it is nice to see that we are converting these buildings and renovating them so we can continue to enjoy them in the future. On our states trip, we didn’t see much of that at all! As Michael Scott would say, why do they even make bittersweet chocolate, who likes that? Why not just have the sweet! Well we can’t always have the sweet, but it was a great trip, and I always learn something new when I’m with those guys. I took a ton of shots, but I am going to post them over on my facebook page for you to enjoy there! Check out my facebook page here and make sure to click the ‘like’ button at the top!