Rad A. Drew Photography: A Day In Abandoned Gary!

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

A Day In Abandoned Gary!

Photography Tour with Rad A. Drew

For iPhone and Traditional Photographers

Saturday, May 30

US Post Office, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew
We had so much fun the first time, let's do it again! 

Join Indianapolis photographer, Rad A. Drew, on a tour of abandoned sites in downtown Gary, Indiana. 

Our last trip to Gary was great, still, we heard from a number of people who wanted to go, yet, for one reason or another, couldn't make it. 

So! For those who had other commitments or who were waiting for warmer weather, or who couldn't do a two-day adventure, we are going again! This time for one day!

Gary, Indiana

In recent years, Gary, Indiana, a once thriving steel town, has experienced a decline known only in a few areas of the United States. The loss of jobs from the steel mills and refineries has led to an exodus from the city, leaving many of its once needed public buildings in ruin. 

One of the gems of this abandoned collection of buildings is the City United Methodist Church, pictured below. In recent months, the roof of the church caved in, forcing the city to fence off the structure, in an attempt to keep people out.

City United Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew
For now, many of the other buildings are still accessible, but for how long is unknown. Rad will lead you through some of these other buildings, including the US Post Office and Union Station, pictured below.

US Post Office, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew
US Post Office, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew
Union Station, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew
US Post Office, Gary, Indiana
© Rad A. Drew


Participants will benefit from the experience of award winning photographer, Rad Drew. Rad shoots with Nikon DSLR and Fuji mirror-less cameras, and is known also for his experience with iPhone cameras. Rad will be there to coach you and guide you in capturing the best images possible for the day and conditions, regardless of the equipment you’re using. And if you have a special interest in shooting and processing with the iPhone, Rad will show you new ways to use your iPhone to capture remarkable images.

NOTE: iPhoneographers are encouraged to install the following apps on their iPhone before the tour. 

1.    SnapSeed
2.     Camera +
2.     645 Pro
3.     Slow Shutter
4.     BracketMode
5.     Pro HDR, True HDR and/or Pro HDR X
6.     AutoStitch

iPhone accessories such as an extra power source, tripod bracket and tripod, and attachable lenses, such as the Olloclip lenses, will be useful.

About the Instructor

Rad A. Drew
Rad A. Drew is an Indianapolis photographic artist who uses DSLR, mirror-less, and iPhone cameras to create images that capture the spirit of people and place. His creative iPhone images have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Washington, D.C., New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. He is author of two fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to the recently published The Art of the iPhone: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.

What to Bring

Wear appropriate clothing to match weather conditions; a hat, light rain coat and an extra sweat shirt is always a good idea. 

Since we'll be in abandoned buildings that are decaying, robust clothing, long pants and shirts are recommended, and sturdy boots are a must. 

Bring only the gear you need: camera(s), lenses, tripods, filters, iPhones and accessories (especially batteries). We’ll be shooting all day with minimal breaks, so pack water and snacks to meet your needs.  You may want your wide angle lens for shooting inside abandoned buildings.


7:00 AM Indy Time (Eastern Standard Time)

1514 W. South Street
Lebanon, IN 46052

Take exit 140 onto IN-32 toward Lebanon, Crawfordsville
7:15 (Indy time)
Depart for Gary
8:15 – 8:30 (Gary Time)
Bio Break in Merrillville
Arrive Gary
8:45 to 11:30
Shoot at various Gary locations
11:30 to 1:00
Lunch Break
1:00 to 5:00
Shoot at various Gary locations
5:30 PM (Gary Time)
Depart for Lebanon
8:30 PM (Indy Time)
Arrive Lebanon

Note: Rad will be in the lead vehicle. To minimize the number of cars we take to these locations, and to be less conspicuous at each site, we encourage car pooling to Gary.

Fees and Registration

The cost of this tour is $140 per person. Payment can be made in advance via PayPal.

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