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


Through 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

My name is Travis Dewitz and I am from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My specialty is commercial photography with a love for expressive portraits. My work is Conceptual, Emotive, Editorial, Surreal and Eclectic. I am passionate about fashioning new worlds through photographs as I extend my visions beyond the realm of the camera. I have incredible vision, which you can see in all of my photos.

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