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 🙂

abandoned sawmill photos

abandoned factory

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.

abandoned factory

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

abandoned sawmill

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

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abandoned factory

abandoned sawmill

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

abandoned building

abandoned building

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. 🙂

abandoned factory

abandoned building

abandoned factory

abandoned building

abandoned factory

abandoned factory

 

Boudoir photoshoot at an abandoned house

It was a beautiful Spring day, a young lady who was visiting Nashville, from Canada of all places,  wanted a famous Farrell Gallery boudoir / implied nude photoshoot while she was here 😀 So we took a ride to the outskirts of town to do her boudoir photoshoot at an abandoned house I knew of. It was nicely tucked away from the road front, and it offered some interesting indoor and outdoor features to use for the photoshoot, as many abandoned properties and buildings do. Upon entering the property, I especially loved the driveway with an overgrown grass median. So of course that required photos! I was glad that she said to feel free to share photos from our shoot, as this shows what I can do with implied nude and boudoir approach more so than fully nude. There is a certain art to making cover ups not obvious and contrived. Now, for the driveway I was talking about.

outdoor boudoir

Nashville boudoir

In the back of the house was a screen porch, nothing but open field and trees surrounding the house. It appears the house had been abandoned for years, judging by the mold inside and deterioration inside it, not to mention some furniture left behind! Part of the fun is exploring the house and it’s contents. But I make it a rule to never take anything or leave the place in different condition from where I found it.

Nashville boudoir

boudoir photoshoot

That natural and intimate, yet vulnerable moment, as if she wakes in the morning to get fresh air and start the day, the subtle and sensual draping sliding down her body. My approach for boudoir is far from traditional, but if I did it like everyone else, there would be no reason to come to me 😛 My choice of locations is often different, as I love the contrast and texture that accentuates the beauty of the female form. Now for inside the house, I especially loved the front room, downstairs bathroom, and staircase.

Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

boudoir Nashville

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and this young lady cherishes the photos from her session eternally. Finishing out with some from the bathroom, looks like the wallpaper was removed and left a cool texture, yes please!!

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implied nude Nashville

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Intimate couples’ album

In last article showcasing a recent intimate couples’ photoshoot, I promised I’d share sample photos of their album, they consented, so here it is 🙂 I always offer albums to clients as a great way to present the photos from their personal intimate photoshoot. Print has so much depth in comparison to digital files, and there is no format or other obsolescence. Plus it’s an elegant and artistic, yet discreet way to preserve and display the photos. Whether for an individual boudoir or artistic nude photoshoot, or in this case, a couples’ photoshoot, it’s a great heirloom for a lifetime. I’ve heard regret from older people that they never had the courage to do a shoot like this when they were younger, or didn’t know a skillful or trustworthy enough artist. This is where I am happy to provide this service.

This particular album is 8″x8″ with an espresso brown leather cover. Other cover options available such as different color leather, hard cover, photographic (not recommended for intimate albums), linen, etc. I shot a few of the album in my studio.

leather flush mount album

Here are samples of the pages with open book, so you can see the design elements and how it all flows together. Also that the album is lay flat and there is no gutter in the center which causes puff up. It’s a seamless bind, where the very subtle crease in the middle doesn’t interrupt the design if a photo overlaps from page to page. This is why the 2 pages seen are called spreads. The paper finish is a beautiful semi lustre, you have to see in person to truly appreciate it.

 

leather flush mount album

intimate photo album

intimate photo album

intimate photo album

intimate photo album

intimate photo album

intimate photo album

Here is a close up of the open album so you can truly see the lay flat flush mount design.

intimate photo album

Also a closeup to get an idea of how substantial the nice thick pages are! Please ask for any further details, I hope you enjoyed this little product tour from Farrell Gallery 🙂

intimate photo album

 

Abandoned House in Kentucky

After the last nude photoshoot at the Kentucky farm house, we cruised through the Kentucky backroads with the windows down without a care in the world….then after passing through I recounted in my mind, sweet fucking Jesus, this abandoned house in Kentucky I saw down the road from the farmhouse was pretty sweet! I think we were too ready to eat dinner by the time we considered turning around to photograph this amazing architectural gem! I knew I’d be back in that area soon to visit a friend who lives around there, so I figured I’d give it the attention it deserved instead of after a long shoot when hungry, lol.

I had a couple special friends with me, and we pulled up by a cow field, almost as if the cows looked at us and spotted us as carnivores. It was early evening and the sun was still out, the wind was blowing and you could hear nothing except the wind. That feeling of freedom and simplicity we all need sometimes. There it sat. Here’s a house that was once a home. For whatever reason, it became uninhabited, and has been for years. I bet the neighbors pass by and think, someone needs to knock that eyesore down. The outside world has forsaken it’s character, but we haven’t 🙂

 

abandoned house

Complete with giant dish from the 80’s, LOL!

abandoned house

abandoned house

Now, to go inside and hope we didn’t fall through the floor! Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

abandoned house

abandoned house

It was amazing how this mirror was in perfect shape while everything around it was deteriorating.

abandoned house

abandoned house

We walked through the hallway to what once was the kitchen, and a ceiling board fell as a raccoon ran across it!

abandoned house

It was so cool to see how the curtains were blowing in the breeze, was almost eery, and of course warranted a photo 🙂

abandoned house

abandoned house

abandoned house

Now back to the outside, as the sun sat lower in the sky!

abandoned house

Even the tree in the front yard was creepy 🙂

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The wind picked up and the sun began to fade.

abandoned house

abandoned house

There was even an old van in a wooded area beside the house, MINT! I hope you’ve enjoyed these! There may be a model for this location in the future, who knows? All shot with Fuji XT-1 and Fuji 23mm 1.4.

junk car

junk car

More creepy long exposures

Yup, more creepy long exposures, deal with it 😛 This particular abandoned house has been in shambles for years, quite frankly I’m surprised they didn’t raze it after squatters inhabited it and it caught fire and did significant damage. But like a fine wine, it’s only gotten more character and texture now, lol. So, what do you do with access to this house, a model who likes creative photography? Head to Goodwill and buy a gown and a doll with missing hands, buy a plain white mask at the party store. Then get camera ready. It was mostly cloudy, about an hour and a half before dark. I got the tripod set up with my Fuji XT-1, Zeiss 12mm 2.8, and variable neutral density filter. Since I was using 25-30 second shutters and there was still ambient light, I needed the ND filter. And here were the results 🙂

Long exposure photography

Long exposure photography

Long exposure photography

The wind was picking up and the clouds were getting dark, we only had a couple more minutes until the threat of rain was imminent. Long exposure photography is made up by a sequence of motions, often holding still and subsequently making rapid motions and then holding still again. So it can take time and patience,

Long exposure photography

Long exposure photography

Long exposure photography

The only Photoshop were a few scratches, custom eraser brush with black fill and layers, and some dodging and burning. And minor color treatment. Pretty cool? 🙂

Titles or captions of work

I have to be honest and say I miss walking around photography art galleries and seeing beautiful large prints on display. I also have enjoyed showing some of my work at local shows. It became daunting with the printing and expense and care involved, if it wasn’t going to be profitable. I wasn’t giving them away, which sadly is happening a lot these days. I’m still waiting for the right show that’s less about the wine and more about the art. I’ll do it again. I love printing and seeing work in print form, it’s so much richer. I’ve seen gallery work with titles below it. It can add to the experience and see the work from the creator’s point of view, whether an art or photography art gallery showing.

It seems a little different when viewing work online when titles or captions of work are used. Even in gallery showings, I seldom titled work. That’s just me. Maybe putting words to it aren’t my strong suit. The fine art nude photography and boudoir groups I belong to online, I see titles and captions used sometimes and often times I think it seems like seeking validation that their vision are what the viewers are seeing. I don’t understand the need to convince others of what you were saying with an image. I’m not saying this as a black and white case, this is just me.

My conceptual work and concept nudes, I like the viewer to look at it and think about it, and form their own interpretation. Theirs may be miles apart from the vision I had, other times it’s more obvious. I am inspired by how others see my work, so putting a title on it could limit that creative flow. Personally, I don’t spoon feed. I like the viewer to decide what they see, often they see it for what it is, but it’s cool when people dig deeper. I like those challenges. When work of others inspires me, I do the same thing. I think sharpening our minds and using our imagination is a healthy thing. My 2 cents.

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Zombie apocalypse in Kentucky

I got together with Sarah Jane, a muse and friend of mine, to do her senior portraits, and we decided to also do a styled, but dark artistic photoshoot. As we have before, and will do again, LOL. She is a talented theatrical and special effects makeup artist, so we combine that with my knowledge of long exposure photography to do a successful conceptual photoshoot. These were done at a cemetery in Bowling Green, just before sundown. We literally had maybe 30 minutes for her to throw makeup on, get her contacts in, tatter her dress, etc. and for me to get the tripod and camera ready, etc. Gates would be locked at sundown, but we made it 🙂

zombie

These were all captured with my Fuji XT-1 and zeiss 32 1.8 . This one was a 2 second shutter speed.

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I had her make a couple abrupt motions and stay still in each transition, 4 second shutter speed.

zombie

This may look like extensive post production, not really. My Photoshop skills are more skin and people repair and color / black and white work, far more so than background manipulation. I did no work to change the “ghosting of the subject” I simply played with highlights and shadows a little, played with colors, film grain in some, and used either or both a PSD texture background with scratches and another with a textured building with cracks in it. In which case, I add a layer and adjust opacity and add as a background layer. Just mainly to dirty it up and add a little background texture but not change the overall photo or subject matter. The Zombie apocalypse in Kentucky has come. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Abandoned farmhouse in Kentucky

Sorry for the absence lately, I’ve been in high gear shooting weddings and getting albums together for clients…..but soon the boudoir and nude photoshoot time will start, and this one particular location I plan on doing just that, with. 🙂 I went to Southern Kentucky, about 45 minutes from where I live in Nashville to visit a friend….we went exploring a little, showing him my Fuji mirrorless camera system he expressed interest in. So he showed me the abandoned farmhouse where his grandparents and uncle lived. It just got too eaten up with termites and roof / foundation problems they had to move out of it. But it’s got such rich character and history, I took it all in when we arrived and thought of what happened there in days gone by. People working the fields, keeping up the house, working in the workshop, etc. In simple times with no internet and cell phones, just country living. So, then I began to vision how I wanted others to see this wonderful architecture masterpiece as seen through my eyes. So it began.

farmhouse

This was an old workshop behind the house, and I managed to get the inside of it, as light barely peeked through. farm house

abandoned barn

farm house

corn field

Now for the farm house! I plan on doing a fine art nude photoshoot and perhaps some conceptual long exposure photos there with a model so I can update my work. Therefore showing more diversity to private clients who want nude or boudoir photography done 🙂 Stay tuned.

farm house

old house

 

First studio shoot with Fuji XT-1

It was my first studio shoot with Fuji XT-1…..Well, not exactly, but similar conditions, LOL. I was in Atlanta shooting with my long time muse and these were inside a small apartment. I simply used the walls as the backdrop and threw 2 color gels at it and placed them feathered against the walls….moved her a few feet closer to me, since there wasn’t much room. Then used a medium softbox feathered from the left, and this way there was some shadow and highlight contrast in the lighting. I used the Fuji XT-1 and the 56 1.2 and couldn’t be happier with the magnificent results!

Angela did the styling herself with baby oil and LOTS of gold glitter! It was everywhere, LOL! Good thing for plastic drop cloths! I love how creative and colorful our collaborative work together always is! The Fuji handled the job well, just had to disable auto exposure preview since there was studio lights in use. Focusing was no issue. It’s not like there was any shortage of contrast for the camera to hunt for in this case. It’s about using your knowledge of photography, creativity, having a great subject, and making any surroundings work as your studio or outdoor location.

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Less is more

I truly believe that less is more with many things in life. With photos, it’s better to have fewer images that are well lit, well composed, and have a flattering angle and mood. With boudoir and artistic nude photography, the subject is vulnerable. So why would she want the lot of images floating around that don’t measure up to the standards of the best ones? Less is more. You could compare this analogy to how one keeps friends. The natural order of life, when we are growing up and in early adulthood, we have a greater number of friends…..but learn along the way the traits that we need in a friend, and what is unacceptable. We learn how to love, give, and trust, and learn who not to trust.

Earlier today while going for a morning walk to the post office, I thought about a group of friends who I ran around with for a couple good years, this was years ago, and I have only some idea what became of any of them at this point. We did everything together….went river rafting, cooked out, went out to clubs, took trips, camped, had bottle rocket wars in a campground where fireworks were illegal, lol….we all were very different but came together with a common goal. We used our differences in background to help each other grow and overcome obstacles in all our lives and the transitions each of us experienced. There just came a time where we all were going in different directions, and perhaps we accomplished all we could, together. And some or all of us were ready to find out what was next. It’s sad how in life, sometimes people we care about can’t come along with us as life changes…perhaps their lives are moving in an opposite direction.

My point is, some friends in our lives stand by our side forever. Those are few and far between and should be cherished. Others fall by the wayside or fall on their faces. I’ve become ok with my closest friends being fewer in number than they used to, but each one counts to more than make up for it. I use this benchmark for all I do in life, I like it so far. 🙂

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