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Isaac

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Abandoned America
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:59:21 PM »

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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2014, 04:35:18 PM »

Isaac,

Thanks for the link. I don't know why, but I've always been attracted to ruin art.
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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2014, 01:55:13 AM »

Let me add one more site to the list. Perhaps some HDR devotees can document the Progress brought to us.

"Forest Haven, an abandoned childrenís asylum with a massive history. This complex multi-building asylum was closed down in 1990 due to several lawsuits that vary from neglect, abuse, poor living conditions, rape, molestation, and even medical testing. Forest Havenís complex of buildings included multiple living quarters, a gym, a rec center, church, hospital and eerily enough, a morgue in the basement. Rumors of a mass unmarked grave in the backyard adjacent to the playground ran rampant on the internet. In short, Forest Haven was a real life 'American Horror Story', with children."

http://thehypist.com/2014/01/a-real-life-american-horror-story-exploring-an-abandoned-childrens-asylum/
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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2014, 06:43:24 AM »

Thanks, Isaac. It's a good link. The classic for abandoned American structures is Detroit's Michigan Central railway station, which I passed through sometimes to go visit an aunt and an uncle when I was a kid. For many years I shot abandoned stuff along route 66 and on the Western prairies. I put some of the results into http://www.russ-lewis.com/Voices/intro.html, and http://www.russ-lewis.com/photo_gallery/Ruins/index.html.

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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2014, 01:56:23 PM »

I find these fairly terrible.

HDR used to simply pull back the covers and show us every detail, to no particular purpose except that the photographer can. Endless boring straight-on shots of, essentially, the same things over and over and over.

flickr has millions, literally, of photographs that are indistinguishable from these, saying nothing, meaning nothing.
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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2014, 10:31:13 AM »

I guess I was more interested in the subjects than the quality of the photos Christopher made of them. He hasn't been at this for very long anyway.

What I got out of that site is a realization about the nature of decay. I used to think ghost towns were something exclusive to the arid west. But now I can see that our abandoned mining sites can't hold a candle to the vast swaths of dying industrial cities in the east. I lived in Philadelphia for four years in the late '70s, and it's obviously a very different place now.
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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2014, 04:49:42 PM »

I find these fairly terrible.



I think they are very well done.

In some sense they are repetitious, so I would like to see more in depth coverage (more shots).
 
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Re: Abandoned America
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2014, 04:02:12 AM »

I think they are very well done.

In some sense they are repetitious, so I would like to see more in depth coverage (more shots).
 

The biggest problem with respect to photography is getting a good amount of images without being repetitious. If you crack that problem then you become a really good photographer assuming you are technically sound. I won't mention art because what I have read recently in other threads about what is art is quite frankly nauseating. I liked what the guy has attempted. :)
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