Week 4: Broken Down | 2017 Project 52

I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to capture this week. But I’m always reluctant to go on a photo walk by myself in areas I’m not familiar. You never know if people will be around, if they’ll ignore you or be nice to you, want to bother you or just be assholes. So I didn’t know if I’d get to explore like I wanted.

When I was telling Mike that the theme was “broken down” and that I’d really like to find something abandoned, he had an idea. “Let’s drive down to Portland [a neighborhood in Louisville] and see if we can find those gigantic mansions that are boarded up.” He’s never really offered to drive me before… and I’ve never really asked because I know that photography is my hobby, not his. But that’s exactly what we did.

We woke up at a decent time on Sunday morning and hit the highway. We drove around Portland, stopping a couple of times when we found something cool. He’d say hello to people who were walking past, I’d take a few pictures, and we’d hop back into the car and drive on. There were some good finds in Portland… but nothing that got me going. We ended up driving into Old Louisville for a while too and eventually saw this big factory building that appeared to be missing walls. Once we rounded back to that street and pulled down, I saw something even better.

Settings: f/4.0, 1/320 sec, 24mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I got excited when I saw this egress between the abandoned buildings. It’s definitely broken down, but still so interesting. All the different colors, the graffiti, so many textures from the brick, plaster and plants growing down the walls. I couldn’t stop staring at it. Or talking about it. It’s just a really cool space and even though it was dirty as hell, it would be an interesting place to come back to for some gritty portraits.

I had a few other images that turned out great too. From Portland and Main Street and Old Louisville. But this was my favorite. Even Mike commented about how he knew I’d pick an image from this space because how I acted when I first saw. I totally thought I was playing it cool, but I guess not.

Week 5: The Sign Says
due 02.01.17

Signs, Signs, Everywhere there’s signs…

During your routine this week, try to see your surroundings with new eyes. What signs do you see? Are there any signs that keep your attention or look different to you? What signs speak to you? Can you photograph it in a way that tells a story? Consider your point of view, depth of field, zooming in/out, and space around it.

Informative, symbolic, humorous or foreboding… all signs, anything goes.

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