Pat Gavin Photography

Photographer, urban explorer, and antique collector from Baltimore, Md. Be sure to check out the links to my Flickr accounts and please reblog my stuff if you like it.

Baltimore Bike Party July 2014.

I was pretty happy with how last month’s video turned out. I was a ride leader though so filming and leading at the same time was difficult. This month I was wild and free so I took about 20 minutes of footage and cut it down to this. I’m so glad Windows 8 brought Movie Maker back because I’m not great with real editing software.

So Amy informs me that today marks the 1 year anniversary of me getting my first (adult) bike (the white Trayl) which was the start of my bike obsession. I had that bike for one week before realizing it was junk. Returned that to the store and bought the GT Zum. Had the Zum for a while but wanted something faster so I bought the Novara Strada. Decided the Zum wasn’t beefy enough for bad weather and sold it and got a GT Timberline. Had that for only 6 weeks before realizing I needed more MTB so I bought the GT Karakoram and sold the Timberline to filthcity. Had the Karakoram for 6 months before upgrading to a GT Zaskar. I also bought a GT Ruckus DJ because I thought I would try BMX again but I am too old for that and returned it after it mostly sitting for 5 months. I still have the Karakoram but it is for sale and may go any day now. I want to get a nice Hybrid bike for casual riding so I may soon get a Novara Big Buzz.

This is not including the Brown, Green, and Blue Schwinns Amy had. Then restoring the Huffy. Then the Schwinn Clear Creek. Then getting her a Fuji. Returned the Fuji to go toward my Zaskar, gave her the Karakoram. Ended up buying her a GT Traffic this weekend. All in all that is 14 bikes we had in 1 year. I still have the Strada, Zaskar, and Traffic. Selling the Karakoram and buying a Big Buzz soon.




By chance I noticed it had been exactly a year since I took these photos. And it is also Throwback Thursday so they go hand in hand.

It’s been a year since this? Whoa,time happened.

I waited well over 6 months, maybe more from the time I took them to the time I posted them. So maybe they seem more fresh because of that.

By chance I noticed it had been exactly a year since I took these photos. And it is also Throwback Thursday so they go hand in hand.

The Hopkins monster swallows up more of east Baltimore.

Castle Street, East Baltimore, Md.

Decided to sell my 2014 GT Ruckus DJ. After moving to Hill City USA I just can’t do the whole single speed anymore. It’s basically sat for 2 months and it is a sweet bike that deserves to be ridden.

Still Standing.

Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point Blast Furnace “H” advertisement.



Among the millions of blogs on Tumblr, only a small number are contributors of original content: “the world’s creators”

And if you’ve ever looked at Tumblr’s Explore Page you might notice that Photography is oddly absent.

There’s #design, #art, #architecture and even #artists on tumblr — but no mention of anything related to the art of taking pictures with a camera. Even #film is a trap — it’s for movies, not analog photography!

We don’t think this situation is acceptable. So let’s Fight it.

We’d like to ask all original photographers on Tumblr to start putting the #photographers on tumblr tag on every single photo you post.

Photographers deserve more recognition among the Creators on Tumblr. Hopefully, by using this tag we’ll help the entire community of Tumblr photographers get noticed — and maybe one day we will see that tag on the Tumblr Explore page too.

Reblog this post and spread the word.


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United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company Building, later known as Redwood Center. 26 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md.

This photo set is from two days of shooting in 2012. One at night and one during the day. The first time we got in here was at night. I noticed the wooden fence around back had the lock cut off it. Once inside there you could use a knife to slide the pin of the door lock open and get inside. Technically you were entering into 117 Water Street and went up a few floors and crossed over via a skybridge guarded by pigeons into 26 S. Calvert. After that you could hit up the half-spiral staircases to the roof.

The roof here has a great view, tall abandoned buildings are a real treasure. Not having HVAC units blaring at you makes it much nicer than active roofs. The inside of this place was pretty much gutted long ago. It still had a great half-spiral staircase but some of it was covered in plastic, probably from asbestos abatement. Most of the floors were about the same. At night they looked very cool because of the way the light was coming in from the windows. The doors in the lobby said Redwood Center after USF&G left the building. One interesting thing I found was the old directory. It lists Jerold C. Hoffberger, former president of National Brewing Company, makers of National Bohemian Beer aka Natty Boh. He was also former owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. He was pretty much Baltimore royalty. There also used to be a plaque on the front of the building that listed it as the spot where Wendel Bollman was born, inventor of the Bollman Truss bridge. A lot of Baltimore history is going down at this unassuming location.

Another even crazier bit of history I learned was this…

In short this building was used as a temporary City Hall in the mid 1970s. In 1976 a gunman burst inside and attempted to kill then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer. He did not succeed in killing Schaefer but did kill a councilman and wounded several others. 

As of spring 2014 they have started removing windows and cleaning up the place in order to transform this cluster of buildings into more luxury condos, the only creative use of old buildings anyone in Baltimore can think of.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings on 7/11/14.

Dead or sleeping are real thoughts you have in Baltimore.



"Harassing Women Does Not Prove Your Masculinity" by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

Charles Street (right before North Ave.), Station North, Baltimore, Md.

But flashing them is so exciting

Kill yourself.

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Bethlehem Steel WWII Liberty Ship production advertisement.

Girl with Pitbull mural by Nether, Greenmount Ave., Barclay, north Baltimore, Md.