Downtown Columbia TN.

So, after last article exploring the antebellum mansion, my friend Jerry and I decided to explore downtown Columbia, TN. to see if there were any abandoned buildings. He knew of a closed down church, but there was no way in, so we explored the downtown area of the small town with a quaint town square. It’s amazing what we’d find even going a few blocks away from the square.

downtown Columbia TN. downtown Columbia TN.

I couldn’t tell if this was vacant or not, or an active used tire shop…but it was cool!

We circled around the area and stopped at this very narrow alleyway right in the town square, would be an awesome place to chill, nice cross breeze and tables set up. I love using paths of light and shadows, part of my life! downtown Columbia TN.

So cool. I could live in that building, so much character. alleyway

Overhead central heat and air conditioning units, a little high contrast. alleyway alleyway Columbia TN

These storefronts were definitely vacant. So much character in the building. Downtown Columbia TN. definitely has some photogenic locations!! downtown Columbia TN.

I love the dimensional perspective of this roofing, and distress / texture. downtown Columbia TN.

There must have been umpteen bazillion barber shops around there. Hair must grow at a rapid pace in those parts. downtown Columbia TN.

Look close….see the peeling wallpaper in through the window, and the reflection of across the street. The trick is to angle it so you don’t get glare, or show up in the frame!! reflection

Some paint streaks for added texture and abstract feel. More reflection. window shot

Downtown Columbia TN. would be a cool place for a business with lower overhead than Nashville because of less urban sprawl and inflated real estate. Well, I suppose as long as you weren’t dependent on local customers, or else these businesses would still be here. Great buildings though! I hope you’ve enjoyed photos from our outing!

abandoned storefront

Abandoned antebellum mansion

I was out with my good friend Jerry Winnett who I sometimes photograph abandoned buildings with, and we did a field trip to this abandoned antebellum mansion. Maybe 30 minutes from Nashville. It’s good to hang out with him and have him there, since we are both experienced with shooting the abandoned spots. There are definitely hazards with abandoned buildings as I talk about frequently. Within 5 minutes of getting there, I had a tick on my leg and I busted my leg on a rotted step, but no biggie. The first thing that caught my attention was a small barn, just a matter of trudging through the overgrowth. But this is the house exterior.

Abandoned antebellum mansion

Now the barn!!

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Now we approach the house, before taking a bow on the front porch. lol.

Abandoned antebellum mansion

No door access….we crawled in through a window. But we stuck by the code. Don’t break anything, take anything, or move anything. I love the textures and distress.

Abandoned antebellum mansion

The house had like four fireplaces. Abandoned antebellum mansion

Interesting paths of light from adjacent windows, and the flip windows over the doors. The ceilings were 12 feet tall too! I think someone tried working on the house but likely ran out of resources. It’s easily been abandoned for 15 years or so. Abandoned antebellum mansion abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

Some creative artists inhabited this abandoned antebellum mansion. abandoned house abandoned house

It’s getting real…abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

No telling how old that wallpaper is!! abandoned house abandoned house

One thing we noticed on the other side of that back wall, was a dumbwaiter and service staircase for the “help” to bring food or other things to people without disturbing guests. That quickly told us the era of the home. abandoned house abandoned house

I loved the vines growing on the walls and ceilings, so cool! abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

Creepy? ๐Ÿ™‚ abandoned house

Yup, we sometimes see dead wildlife in abandoned houses!! abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos from this abandoned antebellum mansion, hoping for a human subject there soon for us to do a fine art nude photoshoot at this prime abandoned location. Stay tuned!

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Fuji XT-2 long exposure photography

After going back to the same abandoned house as the previous article with fine art nudes with my muse, Shelby, it was only fitting to take advantage of the creepy location. My first thought was long exposure work. I had recently upgraded to a Fujifilm XT-2 .I had done several shoots with this new body already, and some street photography, but never long exposure work with this body before. Fuji XT-2 long exposure photography was in order. We’ll start with this one, 1/4 second exposure. I used the handrail for the steps as a makeshift tripod.

Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography

Then we started with the much longer exposures. Both of these are 20 second exposure. My tripod head is ok but it’s not the greatest, so I really appreciated the threaded shutter button so I could use my shutter release cable again!!

Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography

Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography

The only real change I noticed from the XT-1 was the bloody long wait for processing after taking the frame. LONG. Like equally long as the exposure. That got old. But that is one thing that helped me take even less. Later I found out about going into menu and selecting long exposure noise reduction to off. That did help shorten processing time a bit. This last one, I went with a 30 second exposure. There were pockets of sun and shade alike, so I used my variable neutral density filter so I could properly expose the image with such a long shutter speed. Even dandelions floating through the air and wind through the trees blurred. F22, 30 second exposure. 200 ISO. Zeiss 12mm 2.8.

Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography

Creepy enough for you? I hope you enjoyed this Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography as much as I enjoyed the challenge, as well as breaking it in for shutter drag work. Definitely expect more in the future.

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Abandoned house hunting

I drove up to Bowling Green, KY. on a Sunday afternoon to meet up with a good longtime friend for lunch and to hang out. It’s a one hour drive, but a very different place from Nashville. It was fun to discuss current events in our lives and what was happening, where we were at. He lives on this backroad that no sane person would attempt in snow or ice. So we decided to go on a leisurely Sunday drive. Oh, but not to sight see or pick wildflowers. But to go abandoned house hunting! This is something most normal families do, right? Or not. But that’s what I do. The destruction, filth, bugs, overgrowth, broken glass, rotting floors, all part of a nice day!

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abandoned house

Now THIS just might be the creepiest wallpaper I’ve witnessed. Anywhere.

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And another place. This was it’s best view.

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We had to wander about for what seemed like an age to find these. Which I was happy we did. But still, we hadn’t struck gold yet. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, at least when you hope it does. I must say that I wouldn’t recommend wandering around rural areas of Kentucky or rural anywhere without people knowing you or having someone with you who locals know. Really for that matter, I don’t advise people photographing the abandoned especially if they don’t know the ropes. We went a little further and saw potential abandoned mecca. And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.

stairway to heaven

Abandoned house hunting may have paid off, and ever so richly!

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abandoned house

Now looking into getting inside it, and access is granted! I love the outside photos, but the inside is where the best part of the story is told. Also it’s the most risky and dangerous part of abandoned house hunting. Also the most fun, so that’s a fair trade for a not so normal person. When I first entered, I thought I heard someone in there, it turned out to be a buzzard and he flew out of one of the windows. Which in itself should freak most people out. I knew then, this was the place. Pay dirt.

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abandoned house

abandoned house

abandoned house

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Now if this doesn’t make at least one hair on the back of your neck stand up, you’re sick. LOL.

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abandoned house

abandoned house

abandoned house

Model coming soon, at this house. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm

There is something magical about how the nude female body compliments the outdoors and it’s elements. This lovely intimate photoshoot was no exception. The lines and shapes of her body, the power of the sun, the scenery of the farm and texture of the barn. All going together as a jigsaw puzzle would, as long as a competent person is there to put it all together. We shall begin with photos featuring the outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm!

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A young man in the military had contacted me saying he was nearing overseas deployment for the better part of a year. So, he wanted to take some precious memories from home to keep his spirits up and keep him motivated. And of course super duper motivated to count the days until he returns home! Some lovely artistic nude and implied nude photography of the special lady in his life would be that care package we send him off with!!

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Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm

Nashville boudoir

A friend of mine was so gracious to let us use their farm for this photoshoot. The day was fairly chilly but the sun helped. The harshest sun of the day is between 10 AM and 2 PM and we were in the middle of it, but I used that as a lighting challenge, it paid off. This young lady was a trooper and had fun with it knowing how much it means to her husband!

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All natural light here, turning the body and using very high shutter speeds and small apertures to expose for highlights….and create shadows! Moody bodyscapes are nice for the artistic and mystique factors!

bodyscape

bodyscape

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Nashville boudoir

It was nice working with this lovely couple! Thank you to her for being willing to let me share the shoot with my audience. And thank you to him for his service. Please return home soon and safely! I hope these (and more not pictured here) keep you happy while serving! I hope all of you have enjoyed this Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm.

Abandoned Nashville factory

With the urban sprawl and gentrification in Nashville, abandoned buildings and even industrial areas where I might find what I’m looking for, are in short supply. I really have to keep my eye pealed for these locations and if I do find them, I must act fast. It often takes exploring outlying areas and keeping my feelers out when traveling anywhere. It becomes a sixth sense. I found this abandoned Nashville factoryย  After first walking the back side of the factory along the train tracks, I saw it was all fenced in and overgrown. So I went back to a possible access point. Part of the fence by the street side had a big enough gap to get access to the grounds, so in I went.

abandoned Nashville factory

Abandoned Nashville factory

Abandoned Nashville factory

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abandoned building

abandoned warehouse

abandoned warehouse

This tucked in back area with debris and brush, despite the Winter season was the pot of gold. Complete with the cold air and musty smell that is indicative of abandoned buildings. I was loving the vibe, and this part was away from all civilization. Or so I thought!

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abandoned building

abandoned building

Everything looked great up until the end when I had captured my fill. I saw lights burning inside through a window. Ok, it’s time to go and shoot another day. By then I had what I needed. So that makes that place abandoned-ish? Or it just looked abandoned from the back and side. I was fooled at first, but I hope you enjoyed this ish abandoned Nashville factory, lol.

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Burnt down East Nashville Church

I remember a late afternoon in early to mid December, walking my dogs to the mail dropbox a mile from my house. I texted my friend Jerry Winnett and said something like “Shit in a hat, I’m half a mile from home and on foot, and it’s raining” Later that day, December 11, 2016 to be specific, I heard the news about a local East Nashville church fire. Mid afternoon, about the time I was maybe two blocks away walking the dogs, the first fire was reported in basement level, and the fire department thought it was extinguished with minimal damage. Then several hours later, the whole church was ablaze and sadly, by then it was too late. The Eastminster Presbyterian Church became the burnt down East Nashville church that was no more.

burnt down East Nashville church

The portable fencing was down, and this seemed like an opportune time for my friend Jerry Winnett and I to start here, on our abandoned building photo outing we do occasionally. The circumstances are sad, but both of us love to show people the character of a damaged and forgotten structure that will inevitably be razed. The antique sewing machine seemed like a random thing next to the building.

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burnt church

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

One thing Jerry and I talked about, the outside of abandoned or damaged buildings is always interesting. But the real character and test of the photographer’s ability is getting photos of the inside. I’ve photographed many abandoned buildings alone, but this was probably the worst shape building I’ve been inside. We both felt it was prudent to not go this one alone. It’s a completely different feel when inside one of these buildings.

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burned building

burnt building

The hanging electrical wires, broken and burned boards, the smell of burnt wood, nails, broken glass, there isn’t a safe spot in the building. Which is why they don’t want people in it. The feel of the wet air, wind, sound of crunching boards as you walk. feel of the broken boards and ashes under your feet as you try to keep your footing. All part of the experience. You really have to know the feel of what is under your feet and pick your battles wisely when inside. Part of making it a successful photo outing is knowing when it’s time to get out. Feeling the energy is what helps me get the most dramatic photos.

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eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

burnt down East nashville church

burnt down east Nashville church

eastminster presbyterian church Nashville

burnt church

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burned down church

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos of a once active community landmark. Now a piece of history, being a burnt down East Nashville church. Wishing the best to the leadership and congregation. Beauty and character still exists in it’s state of distress.

Abandoned houses and meat packaging plant

In my travels to upstate New York to visit family at Thanksgiving, I found a couple abandoned houses and meat packaging plant that caught my interest. This particular house, I did not see a way in, and it was right off a main thoroughfare, so had to be happy with outside photos of this one.

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abandoned house

abandoned house

And this next house, I was driving around with my best friend I grew up with since early high school years. As we admired the mountain views, it began to sleet a little. I spotted this abandoned cottage a ways off the road overgrown with briars and weeds. So we took the adventure and explored. It was awesome, the roof was caving in and getting inside was a breeze, once climbing over a pile of rubble and briars, ouch. But always worth it. I like to give people a little preview of what the experience is like, so they can picture themselves there. It takes a certain sub-culture to get into abandoned buildings. But there is such a story in each one.

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Abandoned house

I love these 1960’s – 1970’s appliances.

Abandoned house

Abandoned house

Abandoned house

Abandoned house

Abandoned house

Especially this classic ice box!

Abandoned house

As I was flying into Albany, we were at a low enough attitude where I could see the Tobin’s First Prize meat packaging plant. It looked abandoned! From what I hear, it had been for a long time. Even better for photos! I wasn’t going to pass on this opportunity! It was time to put my rusty Albany geography to work and go find it.

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abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

Once employing hundreds of people and being a thriving operation, you wouldn’t know it looking at the shambles it’s in now. But it has such character. I wish I could have gotten in, but it would have been SO dark.

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abandoned factory

abandoned factory

I hope you enjoyed these photos of the abandoned houses and meat packaging plant. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

abandoned motel

abandoned motel

burnt building

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.

abandoned motel

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.

abandoned motel

fire damage

fire damage

This lovely bead board still looks good!

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burned building

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.

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.

abandoned house

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.

abandoned factory