Nudes at the abandoned sawmill

Now as promised, it’s time to unveil the artistic nudes at the abandoned sawmill! This is a follow up to the photos of the structure itself when we explored the building. Now, it was time to use it for my intended purpose, with a subject! This is Grace, a traveling model friend who came partly for this lovely location, soon to be featured on Better Homes And Gardens 😀 There wasn’t a soul around, the empty shell of a building that once boasted hundreds of employees only carried sound, one was a mourning dove. Maybe he sensed the greed of the urban sprawl that will soon inevitably come, and this building will be gone and forgotten. Except by us.

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I love the distressed state of the building and it’s disheveled surroundings, that provides such a magnificent contrast with the soft beauty of the model. In spots, light shines through the cracks. For the darker spots, I had two ice lights with me (Light sabres) with barn doors to control light / shadow pattern, others were all naturale. I love keeping the ambient mood, which can be a challenge, but controlled light, highlights and shadows are my passion. Those factors in a photograph really help the mood, and black and white, I love the dramatic feel of them. With the right contrast, grain pattern, and tonality.

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Talk about some great texture!

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This staircase was built like a brick shithouse, however the floor to the upstairs part, parts of it looked like shredded pork, as Grace said. Perfect analogy, LOL! One of the hazards of abandoned buildings, but we tread carefully.

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Hey Grace! Look at this narrow path of light coming through one of the holes in the wall! Yup. Good timing. 😀

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this abandoned sawmill nude series, I hope to be able to use this great spot again!!

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When does the violence stop?

In recent events of the instances of police brutality and people dying, there has also been violence towards unrelated police, from people who weren’t involved. Let me break it down. The fact that we live in America and we have freedoms most other countries don’t have, doesn’t mean many people are intelligent enough to use those freedoms responsibly. I hate bigotry and racism. We have made great strides as a nation to frown on that behavior and provide equal rights to all. Sadly, there are still racist people out there, and as far as how law enforcement discriminates, I certainly don’t think it’s across the board. There are some bad cops who abuse their position. There are also a lot of good cops who are good people, like to help their community, and go home to their family.

I understand when police violence happens to black people (or white, hispanic, etc.), that voices need to be heard, and protesting is one way to do it. BUT, those who shoot or act on other violent behaviors towards random white cops are too stupid to understand that isn’t the way to handle things. They are as much a part of the problem as corrupt police. If you want to be part of the solution, you can’t do something irresponsible to make an irresponsible person or system act responsibly. When does the violence stop?

Can we always say with certainty that the cop is always racist when a police related death happens? Is it ever possible it’s self defense? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But the biggest loud mouths who are only making the situation more inflammatory weren’t there to see or walked in the cop’s shoes. How come no one owns the fact that some resist arrest or try to fight off police, try to pull weapons etc, to avoid going to jail? Do police not ever shoot white or hispanic, or other ethnic group offenders? Do you not know how the media works to feature a story that will incite the public?

What are the solutions? Hopefully in time, all police departments will be required to use dash cams and body cams. Also, hopefully some involvement from the NAACP or ACLU can work with law enforcement to cut back on these problems. Hopefully there will be more zero tolerance policies with police department racism. Hopefully people getting arrested will learn not to fight off cops or make them defend themselves if they pose a threat. Nothing is worth that. Hopefully everyone will be smarter and less racist, and start owning themselves. Things like this make our country’s culture an embarrassment.

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Abandoned sawmill photos

I was with a good friend who also likes photographing abandoned buildings, we went on a wild goose chase trying to find an abandoned hospital. To no avail….but it’s all good, despite us coming up empty handed with that and an abandoned hotel with some overzealous rent a cop, we struck gold. We found an abandoned sawmill / hardwood factory and did some simple natural light shooting of different features of the location that has been abandoned for probably almost 10 years. Without further delay, here are some abandoned sawmill photos 🙂

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One thing that was fascinating, seeing some of the old signs on the walls that were there when the factory was still operating. There was still sawdust on the floor, very old sawdust. Even some leftover furnishings, saws and other equipment, it was amazing. Whenever I photograph abandoned buildings, I try to feel the energy of the environment and picture what it was like in earlier years. It has a character and distress it didn’t have then. Many would see this place as an eyesore that needs to be torn down. I see it as a beautiful place with character, that inevitably will be torn down eventually.

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Here is a candid photo of my buddy Jerry who was there with me. Both of us are usually lone wolves when hunting these abandoned treasures, but it’s also nice to share the experience with someone who knows the protocol.

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I heard the wind slamming the metal siding against the building that echoed in the vast hollow space, and a mourning dove in the vicinity. One might say that’s weird energy. I say something there has to live on. The presence of occupants and taggers have made themselves known. When photographing abandoned buildings, I don’t leave a trace or take anything. That’s how the etiquette should be. Not knowing the behavior of others, is why I don’t share locations, except to those who already know who they are. I hope you have enjoyed these abandoned mill photos, expect to see a nude female subject being featured here. You’re welcome. 🙂

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