Abandoned burned down motor inn

I was with Madison, a muse I was catching up with in Southern Kentucky, about an hour from Nashville. We were going to do some photos of her and perhaps use her special effects makeup skills for some conceptual work. But while she was getting her face on, I explored this remarkable abandoned burned down motor inn location we stopped at. I knew we struck gold here. It appeared to once be a classic motor in along the 2 lane road.

Abandoned burned down motor inn

Abandoned burned down motor inn

Abandoned burned down motor inn

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After doing my research, this classic motor inn opened up in around 1950. In those days, there were no interstates. Two lane roads like this one is how people got from city to city and state to state. Cars in those days didn’t have air conditioning, traffic was heavy and was harder to divert. There weren’t too many different ways to go. So these motor inns were a God sent to tired travelers. Over the years came the interstate systems, reduced two lane road traffic, and branded hotels, which put many of these classic motor inns out of business. This one closed about 10 years ago according to my research. In 2014, squatters accidentally set it on fire. The native limestone from a long gone quarry still stands.

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abandoned building

That is what was left from the detached cottages from the front office. Many clues remain in the burnt part. Madison even found an old motel registration card that was still legible. I keep my shit together by leaving things as I find them and not taking anything no matter how small. I believe that good karma helps me maintain my good fortune with this dangerous type of photography. We kept thinking as awesome as it is now, before the fire would be even more awesome.

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fire damage

This lovely bead board still looks good!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed photos of this abandoned burned down motor inn. Next, Madison around this property…stay tuned, and don’t look before bedtime! You’re welcome.

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

Residential setting intimate photoshoot

I re-convened with a freelance model friend who needed a portfolio update. She seems to shine in outdoor and domestic settings, isn’t as much into abandoned spots as I am, LOL! So we decided to do this fun and difficult challenge. A residential setting intimate photoshoot. She shares a house with 2 others, and we thought we’d use it. Her room she was afraid wasn’t usable because it was an attic bedroom. I keep telling everyone, where there is a subject, there is a photograph. Light and compose around what you do and do not want to show of the setting. I like challenges because that is what keeps skills honed, and it will for both the photographer and subject. Here is a backyard shed that had some interesting texture.

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sexy photos

Next we did some implied nude in a bedroom setting, for simple but sexy. Nothing but a camera, the two of us, and a Westcott Ice Light with barn doors. The key is to keep the flow of the hair and body natural, and not look contrived.

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I like the playful energy, and intimate feel to these. I hope you enjoy this mini series with model Kaila 😀 You’re welcome.

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First anniversary intimate photoshoot

This first anniversary intimate photoshoot commemorates a milestone, and was indeed a great photoshoot. This intimate collection offered a beautiful personal touch that this young lady is presenting as a gift to her husband. It’s their first anniversary and it seemed like yesterday that they got married. Life gets busy, careers and new living adjustments, new adventures, and making time to remember the joys of life. There is no more special gift with a strong personal touch than a gift of an intimate / boudoir photoshoot for her husband. She wanted an emphasis on the lines and curves of the body rather than the typical parlor look of traditional boudoir photos, so she came to me 🙂 She even included some of her bridal accessories.

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Of course there were some that were implied nude and some of her face to add a personal touch, but those are for her husband’s eyes only. However, she graciously agreed to let me share a few of the more mysterious photos that would keep her anonymity. It’s my job as a fine art nude and intimate photographer to provide a fun, comfortable and discreet experience for the client and respect her wishes. I am glad to see people appreciate the simple and elegant form over props, and appreciate the soul, body, and it’s features.

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Abandoned building photography

A lot of people appreciate the grit, texture, and character of abandoned building photography. Even some other photographers who haven’t photographed abandoned locations are fascinated with the concept and are curious about it. Some have even asked me location details. The one or two people I would share that with already know who they are, if they’re asking, chances are they aren’t one of them, lol. For good reasons.

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Someone who doesn’t know the ropes with abandoned building photography, especially when bringing a model, it can be very dangerous. Someone still owns it, and doesn’t want people there because of liability and worry of further damage, etc. Also, I have seen people commenting about furniture, and they’d love to take it and restore it. Maybe that doesn’t mean they’d actually take it if they were there, but my first thought is something like this. People like you are why I don’t share locations. There is no written code, but for me, I don’t penetrate boarded windows or locks, I only enter if there is a way in without breaking in. I leave everything as I found it and never take anything, just out of principle. That helps preserve photographers’ reputations and if discovered at a location, we aren’t lumped in with thieves, vandals, vagrants, etc.

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Many people like the photos but not the thought of what it takes to get them. Here are some inherent dangers that go with the territory.

-Squatters or other occupants, paint huffers. Though this isn’t often for me, give respect, get respect. Know when it’s time to leave.

-Weak floors and ceilings, mold, sharp objects and broken glass. Just a few of the goodies.

-Snakes and other vermin

-Risk of being confronted by owner or law enforcement. Again, if it happens, respect and clear intent. That code above helps them realize we aren’t there to harm anything or do illegal activity. If I’m in a remote area unfamiliar to me, and there are neighbors within eyeshot, I try to make contact so someone knows why I’m there. Beats getting shot.

-Weird energy. I hear the sound of a mourning dove and metal siding slapping in the breeze, but that can’t distract me because I have to keep my wits about me for other imminent dangers like falling through the floor, lol. It can feel eerie and lonely, but it’s a happy place for me. Some don’t need to try it.

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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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abandoned factory

abandoned factory

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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abandoned sawmill

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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abandoned factory

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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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Seeing your lover in a new light

I may be a little biased in saying this, but a visual artist will see people and their lovers / spouses differently than those outside the artistic fields. We see shapes, light, lines, textures, all differently, it’s in you or it’s not. It chooses you, you don’t choose it. The good news for many guys out there, seeing your lover in a new light and different light you see your wives or girlfriends in, is a reality with a personal photoshoot. Her very own boudoir or artistic nude photoshoot, as unique as Farrell Gallery.

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As a fine art photographer of the female form, I am not only inspired by the curves and lines of the body, but light and texture as well. I recently spent some time with a former lover and I recall using the simplest light to see her differently than the moments before. It could be the soft glow from her cell phone illuminating her lips and face. Or maybe a streetlight providing a makeshift rim light on her hair. That morning light peeking in through the window, caressing her shoulder, the outline of her hips, curves of her back, and butt as she sleeps or walks across the room. Oncoming cars projecting their headlights as the light falls on her. It’s about bringing those simple every day visuals to life, and those visions providing inspiration to make your lover a subject of art.

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Now everyone can see their special lady when their unique beauty is captured through the eyes of a visual artist, as seen by us. I only hope then everyone will challenge themselves to notice their lady’s hands, lips, face, hair, and body in a different light than they usually see them. Light is a wonderful thing.