The Washington Packing Corp. building in San Francisco, CA. (A.K.A. Ties Warehouse) was a defunct tuna canning factory that was slated for demolition after extreme damage caused from the Loma Prieta earthquake. An empty shell of a building on the outside, the interior was a cultural icon for the graffiti community of the bay area.
For me this building held a very special place in my heart. It was the first abandoned building I explored after moving up here in 2006. It became a home away from home for me. I extensively documented the daily changing graffiti. This old building would also become the back drop for my photo essay ‘Urban Ore: The Secret Life Of Scrappers.’ It was always rumored that this building would be torn down. No one knew when though. Until late 2009 word started to spread that demolition was imminent. Some friends and I planned one last trip through the old cannery. I taken literally thousands of photos of this location. It was time to take one more thing to remind me of this awesome space that inspired so many, surprisingly, one of the few things the scrappers missed, and old light switch.
Here are links to all of my images, and a multimedia video of the space:
Urban Ore: The Secret Life Of Scrappers: