For 3.5 years I have been photographing the American Tobacco Factory in Durham NC (I live in Chapel Hill) that had been abandoned for 25 years, and now is being renovated. It is the site of the first tobacco factory started in 1874, and the home of Lucky Strike cigarettes. In different seasons I have explored some 20 acres of buildings, and produced over 700 negatives (4x5) and edited down to 60 prints. I am still photographing now as it is being renovated; not to have before and after pictures, but to show how the buildings have changed in feeling and character. Having a project of this type has taught me a lot about photography - and allowed me to grow in the art.
Get Ray McSavenny's book "Explorations", and see what he photographed in LA!
Sometimes by carefully studying things around you the photographs reveal themselves.