Abandoned Structures

March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’m aware I’m not the only one who finds abandoned buildings intriguing, but it’s a bit hard finding others who feel the same way. I tend to be easily spooked, so going alone is never an option for me in my travels. Being around a metropolitan area, I thought there’d be more quantity of rustic building that have aged into the nature around it.
I might just live in the wrong ‘metropolitan’ area though. The metropolitan area of dc is more apt to bulldoze any sort of abandoned structure instead of leaving it to rot. Of course there’s property value and aesthetic value and neighbors who like feeling safe and secure and surrounded by people rather than crumbling brick, but I am feeling a bit more defeatist than usual at finding open buildings that aren’t blocked by gates, no trespassing, and the law. I’m aware out west it’s more common to find empty silos that are pretty much free and unguarded for access.
There’s a few relics in Maryland and some much older structures guarded by the national park service in that area, but not much that gives away a truly magical feel about finding some hidden treasure of a building once used but now only a passing memory.
One place I wished I had visited before it got completely renovated with apartments is the National Park Seminary which had a range of architectural designs from oriental to european. Some parts are still intact. At least they didn’t tear down the whole place. I always felt that when a place with history is renovated, it loses some of it’s ‘historical value’.

Maybe things like an interest in abandonment should be kept more secretive, oh well.

Here’s a lovely picture to pique the imagination:

And a snippet of news of a place I’ll never be able to access:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012104802.html

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Photography

March 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

I was never in with the ‘large, ultra-pro camera’ idea. I’d like to mention that having a large expensive camera does not suddenly give someone years of experience. I do seem to enjoy those who have advanced themselves over the years to take fantastic photos with exotic cameras ranging from polaroids to DSLRs, though. There’s also that new method using Lytro which can focus a picture after it is taken. (http://www.lytro.com/-it’s an odd but kind of cool contraption) I’m not sure if those of ‘focus experience’ consider it cheating or not though. It’s nice to know technology is advancing. Nevertheless I still take pictures with my dingy digital camera and try to express myself through its determinist lens.

I am curious as to  how many pictures full fledged photographers have taken. I know a guy that broke a million not long ago. I’d like to also know what defines a photographer? Is it a significant knowledge of aperture, exposure, focus, shutter speed, etc… combined with experience and perspective knowledge? I usually tend to go for ‘art for art’s sake’ and sometimes the ratatouille themed ‘anyone can…’ type of attitude. then again anyone can do photography but can they do it well? then again should any art be defined as good or bad? Maybe it should actually tell a story or have meaning?

Anyway, I don’t quite consider myself a photographer- but i do photography. Anyway, I’m actually curious to see what other people take pictures of and what perspectives they can bring to the table. If you have a flickr account, post your photostream links down!

By the way mine’s: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistes/

 

And I will end on a picture note:

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