Photographer Justin Driscoll’s real passion lies in abandoned and forgotten buildings

Photo: Justin Driscoll
Photo: Justin Driscoll

Chances are, you’re familiar with Justin Driscoll’s talent. You may just not know it. The Charlotte photographer has had his work featured in magazines and local advertising campaigns around the city for years. And his striking photos have been on the walls of popular spots like Plaza Midwood’s Haylo Gallery and NoDa’s Company Store.

While the New Jersey native pays the bills with commercial shots for restaurants and real estate companies, his real passion lies in photographing abandoned and forgotten buildings. The energetic Driscoll jumps in through windows and scales walls to get to places most of us probably ignore — and the resulting images are captivating.

Inside this billy joel machine…in thick metal it reads… “this piano built to Please true music lovers and to last a lifetime” #nikon #nikond700 #rsa_preciousJunk #showmethatgrime #exploring_shotz #urbxtreme #abandon_seekers #urbex #ig_urbex #tv_urbex #inGodweRust #autopsyofAmerica #abandonment_issues #nature_takes_over #grimeloards #grimeNation #sfx_decay #sfx_urbex #discarded_butNotForgotten #piano #asheville #avl #828 @cosi_rose

A photo posted by JUSTIN DRISCOLL (@jdriscollphoto) on Mar 4, 2015 at 7:51am PST

On this week’s The Good News Is podcast, Corey and I chat with Driscoll about some of his craziest escapades (think: the morgue of an abandoned mental hospital), his closest calls (yes, police were involved), and what he does to keep the creative juices flowing.

Did you hear the rattlin chains in the hospital walls? #nikon #rsa_preciousJunk #tv_urbex #showmethatgrime #exploring_shotz #urbxtreme #abandon_seekers #urbex #nature_takes_over #abandonment_issues #sfx_decay #nikonD700 #columbia #sc #southCarolina #columbiasc #hospital

A photo posted by JUSTIN DRISCOLL (@jdriscollphoto) on Apr 1, 2016 at 7:51am PDT

See more of Driscoll’s photography on his Instagram page.

And if that’s not enough to lure you into listening, I start the episode by sharing an unusual story. It involves politics, scandal, and some of the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten. (As all good stories do, right?) You’ll have to listen to hear more.

Finally, Corey gives you the scoop on Meck Dec Day and tells you all the spots to celebrate it around town.

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Photo: Justin Driscoll