Childhood fascination with abandoned places

I grew up in a small village in New York, just outside the city, until I was finished with elementary school and moved around a bit. I can remember Summers where I would be gone for most of the day, doing something with my friends. We rode our bicycles everywhere, but we knew where we couldn’t go. I suppose it should be no surprise that my childhood fascination with abandoned places and weathered locations inspires me today.

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My friends and I would ride our bikes by this old foundry a lot, and explore old industrial areas. There was a big expanse of nothing along side a grocery store that led to the railroad tracks that many of us used for transportation to get from the store to neighborhoods. I preface this with saying that none of us were bad kids, we were just curious and were testing boundaries, and often found adventure in oddly creative ways. One day my friend and I came up with this brilliant idea to go over to the railroad tracks and throw rocks at the passing trains. There was no hurting that train, but it seemed fun and like a release of energy, so we thought we were cool but not hurting anyone. Well, one day a state trooper pulled up and caught us gathering rocks and evidently someone saw us.

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We were maybe 10 years old and scared out of our wits, the cop knew it. He got our names and talked about bringing us to our parents….we looked at each other and just about shit ourselves, lol! He asked us, are you ever going to do this again? We both simultaneously said “no way sir!” And looked at us…..what seemed like an hour of silence was maybe 5 seconds, and he said, get the hell out of here and don’t ever let me see you doing anything like this again, do you¬†understand me? Once again, we both simultaneously said “yes sir” and we were gone in a flash. That lesson stuck with both of us. We are Facebook friends to this day, and although there is no more rock throwing, there is definitely exploration. I get my photos and leave things as I found it, that good karma is working so far. Even today, I still like to piece together what the place was used for and what life was like when it was in operation or inhabited. Never losing that childhood fascination with abandoned places and sense of creativity¬† / imagination is an artist’s best asset.

Artistic nudes at the lake

I began talking with this adventurous client about doing a personalized intimate photoshoot at the lake. Going to the lake and boating / camping on the lake and it’s islands is a big part of her life. So, she wanted to commemorate that aspect of her life, as she is definitely nature’s child. So, with a little bit of back and forth inspiration, we planned to do some early morning artistic nudes at the lake!

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It was a very early morning in early October, the weather was lovely. I enjoyed a nice ride to the location with the windows down listening to Third Eye Blind, to somehow inspire me to fully wake up. The stereotypical artist who hates morning is reality I’m afraid. But this was the best time before the riffraff populates the lake. It was a perfect day to enjoy some lovely nudes in nature, as the sun was starting to warm the day up moderately, and the Summer vibe was still there. By the time we hit the lake with her captain on pontoon boat, I felt energized by the water and the feeling of freedom in nature. I also forgot how much I hate morning, LOL. We started off at the cliffs which make up one of the islands. Except a couple remote fishermen, the lake was desolate.

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Artistic nudes at the lake

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Outdoor nude Nashville

There was a rusty chain tied to the cedar tree growing on the rocks, so of course we had to do something dark and grim, more conceptual art. You’re welcome.

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We moved to this island, there was no one around. Though there was evidence of past campfires and cookouts, the island was ours for these moments. I wonder if they had ever been used in this way. She was all about being nude in nature and the lake definitely provided all of us some inspiration.

Artistic nudes at the lake

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Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

Artistic nudes at the lake

This last one reminds me of a flower child / hippie from the 1960’s or 70’s just becoming one with the elements, I really liked the mood and vibe. I hope you’ve enjoyed these artistic nudes at the lake.

Artistic nudes at the lake