Ruin Porn of the Past United States Murder Capital – Gary, IN

April 16, 2013 Travis Dewitz

This last week I visited one of the past murder capitols of the United States, to document the city as it sits today. The city of Gary, Indiana is in shambles with some notable abandoned buildings including a Hilton Hotel, cathedral church, school, gas station, football stadium, and a train station. Gary lies on the south shore of Lake Michigan along with US Steel’s Gary Works. Gary Works was and still is the main employer in Gary even though it employs a fraction of what it once did.  One thing I noticed while photographing as much of the city as I could was stoplight behavior. Cars would never pull up directly beside me and they always left excessive room behind me. It was a little unnerving. Gary is also the childhood home of Michael Jackson. The Jackson 5 never did perform at the large abandoned Palace Theater downtown on Broadway. I hope you enjoy my images and make sure to check out the rest of my Gary collection at my portfolio website here – www.travisdewitz.com/gary

Gilroy Football Stadium

Hilton Hotel Room with a View of the Pool

Abandoned Gas Station

Jesus Saves

Budget Hotel on Broadway

Charlie’s Coney Island Locked Up

Abandoned Apartment Complex

Abandoned Hilton Hotel in Gary

Hilton Skywalk


Travis Dewitz Powerlines Portrait Thumb PhotographThrough the creative lens of Travis Dewitz; he demonstrates time and time again how much splendor can be extracted from the interplay of the industrial world around us. In the most unusual and unexpected places Dewitz showcases images that embody the forgotten beauty of railways, factory floors, the rolling smoke of steel mills, and the cities that are built around them. He brings a certain magic as he invokes the very souls of these once-glorious industrial areas; his captures overflow with inspirational energy. Click here to view his personal series.


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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

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