abandoned school………… but not lonely


Life is pretty wonderful at least mine has been so far yea there has been plenty of praise and blame in my life gains and loss but that is just the way life is. i don’t want to brag about because if i get snug something comes along a smacks me upside my head to get my attention.

these golden years i ask myself, walking up lying in bed taking inventory feeling new pains every day, oh that’s new ‘hello there’. maybe i should start giving them names as i did with my mental states that arose because pushing them away wasn’t working so i thought might as well get intimate with them. that seems to give them less power over me and they become less interested in bothering me.

i haven’t been doing much shooting everything seems to be the same old everything. i got tired of my lighting and no one seemed interested in working with me. had two different maternity women contact me/us to shoot some belly pics but never heard from them again. wtf

i always peruse craigslist looking for opportunities which are getting slimmer every day, but sometimes gold shows up. it’s just not polished and shiny, but if one is open one can scrape off the dross and find the jewel. so it’s been this week  i answered and adv for a bondage photographer that was a little off my speciality but i do dark pretty good so what the hell.

we talked and what he wanted it seemed interesting but you never know with craigslist people have been killed using that forum. there have been people whom i just didn’t feel right about so never followed up. he does have a portfolio on musecube where i stated but left them.

mark we will call him is an urban explorer working in underground environments and abandoned buildings. huh that’s something different for me can’t bring a lot of lights with me there.  so we agreed to meet uptown and i pack a camera along with an off camera flash, my Yongnuo flash triggers which are one of the biggest bargains i have, thanks david hobby from the strobist for the suggestion and  some spare batteries and off i went.

this is what i saw when i got there

scaffolding

hi mark this is the scaffolding you want me to climb? think you can do it? i am not sure. i’ll climb up first and show you how.

now mark wasn’t carrying a 20 lb backpack but all 6’3 of  him went up fine and i followed with all my 5’7 frame.  it’s right on a busy street  and we had to watch out for cops but i made up thinking now i probably won’t do that location again.

first walk up the crossbars then scoot over the horizontal one pull yourself up one foot on the building  reach up and pull yourself onto top. got it? sure

it’s an abandoned school and pretty dark on the ground floor. walking up the internal staircase was a challenge, flash light is another thing to bring along, oh stupid i’ve got one on my phone. we made it up to one of the top floors mark assured me he’d been in all the rooms and the floors were safe. best to be very watchful were you stepped lots of fallen debris all over.

he began to undress as we talked about the shot he had envisioned, you go up there on another landing, which i had to walk up a fallen flat wrought iron railing. before i did that i set up my 580 flash and wireless receiver on the landing below wrapped with blackwrap leaning on debrie pied on the floor.

here is our shooting area

shooting area

shooting area

my perch is up one landing.  this is a first one without flash firing

nude kneeling

nude kneeling

nude male tied to banister posts

nude male tied to banister posts

so now the lower flash starts to work not sure why it didn’t in the beginning but oh well.

nude on staircase

nude on staircase

i am sort of working in the dark as far as exposure or can you say guessing? the led display on the back of my camera wasn’t much help. seeing the bottoms of marks feet covered with ash really picked up the light. but i was beginning to feel relaxed and making pictures. so now i can move around from my perch,

i am a ninja photographer.

nude male on stairwell

nude male on stairwell

i love this shot with the sun light in frame left and through broken window mixed with strobe. so now time to move strobe and me back to my perch.

nude suspended

nude suspended

nude standing

nude standing

now with all the broken glass underneath our feet i’ve always wanted to do a broken window shot so here it is.

nude hanging

nude hanging

on our way up here well past this hallway which i fell in love with the lighting so down we went.

nude in hallway door

nude in hallway door

while mark wanted to show me this desk which he jumped upon and we did a couple of shots there using natural light from broken window

nude male on child's desk

nude male on child’s desk

but out of the corner of my eye i saw this other wall

hanging

hanging

hand

hand

then it was time to head home. peering over railing in search of the fuzz, none over we go.

mary was upset with me going off somewhere that was dangerous without her knowing where i was going and she was right, suppose something happen to us? now i am going to make sure she knows where i am. i am such a kid.

i was surprised not to find any crack vile’s broken on the floor but what crack head would climb that scaffolding to get high, just some dummy photographer.

jene

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3 Responses to “abandoned school………… but not lonely”

  1. Charlie Says:

    Man, good to see you’re still at it. I like the first few shots. Brave as an old Picasso.

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