This is my 2012 in photos. Some of these photos were taken with projects in mind such as the abandoned buildings, some were just subjects I came across, and others were planned trips to some of my favorite places like Gettysburg. I hope that you have had a great 2012 and are looking forward to an even better 2013. Enjoy and let me know which photo you like the best.
As some of you may have seen I have been working on a series of photographs which I have been referring to as “Desolation”. The series is based on abandoned buildings and houses throughout the region. I started this series last year with the intentions of just getting a few interesting shots from an old house that I had come across. I can certainly say that I instantly was fascinated with the idea of the these forgotten places. Since then I have been photographing and visiting as many places that time allows and the series has been growing. Starting tomorrow night I will have an exhibit of some of this series at the Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, Pa. The opening will be Friday, February 10, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm. The show will run through March 8, 2012. If you are in the area please stop by and take a look at the show and let me know what you think.
The photographs that will be on display consist of Black & White and Color HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. I decided to take this series in a “digital altered” direction to add some dramatic effect to the photographs. Also, to better show some of the amazing textures and detail that can be found in these capsules of time. It is always interesting to look inside these places and wonder why did the owners leave, where did they go, and why did they leave so many of their belongings behind? I have seen everything from pianos to a business check book that contained a un-deposited check. Some of the places look as though the people just gathered up some of their belongings and walked out the door. And then I come along all these years later and take the photos of the emptiness and desolation of these places. And even though the places are abandoned and without people, to me, they have somehow managed to take on a personality or life of their own. And this series captures some of the “life” that I have come to call “Desolation”.
I hope that you have a chance to stop by Allegory Gallery and take a look at the show.
I have been working on this project for a while now and some of it will soon be on display during February at the Allegory Gallery, in Ligonier, Pa. www.allegorygallery.com
This project began with an old abandon house that I photographed, which sparked an interest in finding more abandon places. I have decided to use the HDR technique for this project which has resulted in some very interesting results. As I work on this project it often comes to mind why did the people leave? Where did they go? And why did they leave so much of their belongings behind? Questions, I fear, that may never be completely answered.
I hope that you find the photography of this project as enjoyable as it was for me to produce the photos. I will update with the particulars of the show as soon as they become available.
Hope to see you at the show…
Until then here is a quick teaser…
Headed out to find some more buildings for my “Desolation” project. I think I will head over to Green County and see if I can find some of those old abandon coal mine building. I will post some photos of what I find later.