I traveled out to Weston, West Virginia recently to do a photo tour of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was constructed between 1858 and 1891 and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. It was designed by architect Richard Allen after the Kirkbride plan. The Kirkbride plan was a design psychiatrist Thomas Story Kirkbridge called “the moral plan”. It consisted of long staggering wings consisting of individual rooms that brought light and fresh air to the patients. The Kirkbride plan is known as a building designed to cure and ornate architectural details.
When the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was partially built the Civil War broke out and in 1861 the Union Army, Seventh Infantry from Ohio, marched into town and made the partially built asylum into Fort Tyler until 1864 when the first patients arrived. The asylum originally housed 250 patients. By the 1950’s it held 2,500 patients. It was closed in 1994 and privately bought in 2004 where continuing care and renovation is taking place to preserve this National Historic Landmark.
There are very few Kirkbride asylum’s left. Most have been sold off and demolished. I really could not wait to photograph one of the last remaining ones. I highly recommend a visit to the asylum. The Owner’s conduct historical, paranormal and photography tours. I spent 8 hours photographing the place and loved every minute of it. The photograph above is one of the dormitory bathrooms in the main building. Love that peeling paint!
I did not get a chance to post last week because I as off to Weston, West Virginia to photograph the Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum. I will be posting some of the images from that trip in the coming month.
The image above is a composite of several images I photographed. The ocean was photographed at the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Great Egret was photographed on a trip I had taken to Chincoteague Island, the ships vent pipe was photographed at Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The sky was photographed over Byram Lake in North Castle, New York. The vintage image was one from a set vintage images I purchased from Evint.
I came up with the idea for the image while I was making my bed one morning. Just popped into my head.
Another image from my weekend shooting at an abandoned hospital. There was the long hallway filled with these little cubicle rooms where patients were placed in to recover. Lots of dirt and graffiti in this place!
I was photographing at an abandoned hospital last weekend and this area looked like an abstract painting to me. A couple of hours after this was taken I landed up falling and spraining my ankle. It was a long painful drive home!
Photographed with my Fuji X-T1 with a 10-24mm lens.
My portfolio, “The Vintage Project” was featured in the Readers Portfolio section of L’Oeil de la Photographie, a beautiful online photography magazine. You can see it here. I consider it a great honor to have it in this wonderful magazine.
Door to the Sky was photographed at the Carrie Furnace, in Rankin, Pennsylvania. I went there two weekends ago on an Abandoned America workshop. This was a gear room and there was this beautiful blue reflection on the door that reminded of the sky so I decided to composite in a sky in to give it a surreal look. Photographed with my Fuji X-T1.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending an Abandoned America workshop at the Carrie Furnace in Rankin, Pennsylvania. The Carrie Furnace was built in 1907 by US Steel and produced iron for the Homestead Works from 1907 to 1978. The image above was taken in the Stockhouse where the raw material would be dropped through the v-shapped hoppers attached to the ceiling into “Larry Cars” and then the “Larry Cars” would be driven to the large furnaces and eventually turned into iron.
I photographed the image using my trusty Fuji X-T1 and the image is composed of 4-5 bracketed shots so that I could capture the light as I saw it at that time. I loved the shadows and moodiness of this place. I will most definitely make another trip out to the Carrie Furnace to photograph it again. If you like steampunk, this is the place to go.
I was thinking about movie “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, based on Oscar Wilde’s book, when I was creating this image. I photographed the background at an abandoned house I had found. The picture of the woman is one of my vintage images that I retouched and colorized. The frame surrounding her actually hangs in my living room with my paternal grandfather’s portrait in it. I will have to use him in a future image.
I purposefully kept her clean and bright, no real sign of aging because of the eternal youth theme that was prevalent in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. I also wanted a chiaroscuro kind of light within the image.
Background was photographed at the JW Cooper School in Pennsylvania with my Fuji X-Pro1. I was thinking wanted a ghostly musician with a formal portrait in the background. Both images are vintage and retouched and colorized by me. Immortal Beloved reminded me of the film and I wanted him to be a “ghost” of a someone loved in the past.
The Puppet Queen just popped into my head. I knew I wanted a double stage with her on one and then another stage within her dress. I was thinking of Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker where she opened her skirt like a curtain and all the children run out. Instead I have a skeleton. The background was shot at abandoned school in Western Pennsylvania. It was one of two stages in a classroom.
I read a really great e-book this weekend on black and white fine art photography called “From Basics to Fine Art Black and White Photograph – Architecture and Beyond” by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou. What I like about this book is the inspiration on photographing a place or object and then in the post processing make it your own vision. Create what was in your mind when you first captured it in camera. For me I see in light and shadows and darkness, especially with the abandoned places. I am not a purist when it comes to photography in the sense that I don’t set out to capture reality, I set out to capture a vision or story that is in my head and the camera is only the first tool I use. Once I get in front of the computer it is a playground for me to express what I see and translate that into something that is personal to my vision and the way I can express myself to the world.
When I photographed the room above I saw it as being very dark (and it was) but I wanted it to be in black and white so that any color would not distract from the little bit of light within the darkness.
Last week I didn’t get a chance to post because I was in class all weekend and by the time I got home I was very tired. I’m in the midst if another crazy weekend so I thought I would post tonight instead of Sunday. I photographed this hallway at an abandoned Poor Farm. I loved the light sneaking in from the windows on the side and the colorful graffiti.
I wanted to work on my abandoned photography this week and loved the color and light that was streaming into this room. Photographed at an abandoned tuberculosis hospital with my Fuji X-T1.
The Snake Charmer is a result of a trip I made to an abandoned tuberculosis hospital in New York. The graffiti was amazing in this place. The colorful squiggle of the line on the wall reminded me of a snake. I had purchased a series of vintage images that consisted of snake charmers and knew this would be the place to use one of them. Using photoshop magic I made the actual snake take on the color of the “snake graffiti” so he appears to be coming from the wall. I also did this with the graffiti road, extending it from the wall towards the viewer. A little sense of surreal humor on my part. Texture used in this image is from the Dirk Wuestenhagen collection which you can purchase from Dirk’s website.
Equipment: Fuji X-T1
Software: Photoshop CC, Nik ColoEfex Pro, Adobe Painter
I drove up to Waterford, Connecticut about a year ago with my Fuji X-Pro 1 to photograph Seaside Sanatorium. Seaside was built in 1930 as a tuberculosis hospital for children. In later years it would become a hospital for the elderly and then mental patients. In the 1970’s reports started to surface that the patients were being ill-treated. The hospital finally closed in 1996. Today it sits abandoned on the water. There is security on the premises but you are allowed to walk around and photograph it. It is really haunting.
The woman is one of the vintage images I purchased on line and I worked with Adobe Painter to give her dress more volume and windswept. All the vintage images I use I have to retouch and colorize. It is a very long process but is a lot more pleasant to do since I purchased an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I use a program called Astropad which allows me to work with the image on my Apple Cinema display right on the IPad. The bird is a Jackdaw and one of Frank’s from DeviantArt. The image of the woman on the wall of the building and a tiny image of a man standing on the roof of the building is another one of my tintypes. I photographed the clouds at Byram Lake in Mt. Kisco, New York. Lightening is one of my Photoshop brushes.
I was playing around with one of my tintypes of a young man and decided to transpose it with a tree I had photographed at Rockefeller State Preserve. I wanted this slight haunted look to it (of course, heaven forbid I work with butterflies and flowers in pastels).
I worked with the stormy sky that was in my photograph and laid a texture of sky from Photomorphis over it. It gives it a slight painterly feel to it. I then placed this off center black border around it because I like it framed this way.
With all the snow we had yesterday, 14 inches where I live, I should have titled this the Snowmaker! I wanted a dark and magical image. I needed a dark magician character so I created him using Adobe’s 3D software, Fuse. I elongated the original jacket to a cape since the Fuse software has very limited clothing or at least clothing I like to have my characters dressed in (Steampunk or Victorian). The Jackdaws are from Frank at DeviantArt. The background is an undisclosed abandoned poor farm I photographed with my Fuji XT-1 on New Years day. It is one of my favorite locations. Texture is from Shadowhouse Creations. Clouds, rain and lightening are Photoshop brushes I use. The fog is actually from a photograph I took of clouds, again photographed with my Fuji X-T1. The alchemy of mood was created using various filters in Photoshop from Topaz, MacPhun, and Nik.
I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe, sound and slowly digging their way out of the blizzard. It was a massive storm.
The War Room is a composite I put together using photographs I had taken at Scranton Lace Company on one of my Abandoned America Workshops. The cannon was photographed on a trip I took to Gettysburg this past summer. The soldier is an image I purchased from E-vint.com. The airplanes are from a vintage photograph from the Library of Congress that I colorized to red. The world maps are from a texture set I purchased. Textures used on this image are from Shadowhouse Creations and Photomorphis.
I was inspired by the room itself at Scranton Lace. The cement ceiling had caved in and broken pieces of cement were all around. It looked like a “war zone”.
I was photographing an abandoned poor farm on New Years day. This was photographed with my Fuji X-T1 in an old lavatory in one of the buildings. The graffiti was fantastic in this place. The golden triangle caught my eye and I immediately pictured an Egyptian or Indian goddess feel to it. I had this vintage image I downloaded from Hello Tuesday on DeviantArt. I liked juxtaposing the vintage image with the newer graffiti art and the decay of the building.
Photographed with my Fuji X-T1 at Scranton Lace Company. The figure is a 3D figure I created using the new Adobe Fuse 3D program. The ocean scene was photographed at Tod’s Point in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, clouds photographed at Byram Lake in Mt. Kisco, New York. Ship is from Pixelsquid since I don’t have access to old pirate ships!
Digital Photographic Art incorporating images I shot at Tod’s Point in Old Greenwich, CT as well as textures from Dirk Wuestenhagen, Photomorphis and Shadowhouse Creations. Vintage image colorized and transformed by me, ship from Pixelsquid.
I photographed the background image with the Fuji X-T1at one of the Vanishing Countryside workshops with Abandoned America. The vintage image is one of my tintypes and the fairy in the jar is a vintage image I purchased through evint.com. The mason jar the fairy is in is one of my jars that I photographed against a backlight with my iPhone. This is one of those images that just popped in my head one day! I used some textures on this from Flypaper.
I photographed this room at Pennhurst State School on one of my Abandon America workshops. It is one of those places that is very, very eerie and I love photographing the buildings there. The vintage image of the girl is a tintype from my collection that I colorized in Photoshop. The Raggedy Ann doll was on the couch in that exact location (I don’t move things around when I shoot abandoned places). The sky is a combination of a sky I photographed on a stormy day down at Kensico Dam and a sky I purchased with a tutorial from Phlearn.
I used textures to create the mood from the wonderful Dirk Wuestenhagen, Shadowhouse Creations and my own created from peeling walls at Pennhurst. Flypaper textures in a preset from Nic Color Efex Pro filters were also used. In short, I used a lot of textures to get the mood I wanted. A Fuji X-T1 was used to photograph the room at Pennhurst.
A great abandoned house I came upon while photographing up in the Catskills this past September. I wanted to give it a more painterly look so I put through Topaz Impressions and then worked with the light in Photoshop. Photographed with my Fuji X-T1.
The setting is photographed with my Fuji X-T1 at an abandoned Children’s Clothing Factory in Pennsylvania on one of my Abandoned America workshops. I loved the two dressmaker mannequins that were in front of this very colorful display of threads and thought about making them come to life or half life! The two images are from a vintage black and white photograph collection I purchased through Dover Pictura and were colorized by me. The eyes on top of the shelf are steampunk like glasses that are also from the Dover Pictura collection I purchased. I used a fairy dust photoshop brush to add a little magic and two textures from 2 Lil Owls to set the color tone I wanted.
Photographed with my Fuji X-T1 at Scranton Lace Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania on my second to last trip there with Abandoned America. The vintage image is from e-vint.com and the water was photographed at Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn, New York. Textures are from 2 Lil Owls and Flypaper textures in Nik ColorEfex 4. Topaz Impressions was used to give it a soft painterly feel. I wanted that darkness of the old masters.
When I came across this cart at the lace company I immediately thought of a boat or ship and I loved the way the lace was hanging over. I could just picture it floating in water.
This idea came by accident. I had hand colored and retouched this vintage photo from Graphics Fairy and was going to incorporate it into another piece I was working on. When I brought the image of the beach into the piece I came up with the idea to use her as a message in a bottle. The beach scene was photographed with my Fuji X-Pro 1 at Gateway National Recreation Area located in the Rockaway Beach area of Brooklyn, New York. The message in her hand was taken at an abandoned silk mill in Maryland. The bottle is one I have here at home and I photographed it against a light box. I used a one of the textures created by Dirk Wuestenhagen for warmth. Seagulls are created using a Photoshop brush.
I love the light rays coming down. I told myself it was the former members smiling down at me.
It was a crisp beautiful autumn morning when I called my friend Linda to find out if the clubhouse, that stood on her parent’s property was still standing. It was but scheduled to be torn down that morning. I grabbed my camera and tripod and ran over to Wago Avenue to take a picture of the of the old Armonk Breakfast Club clubhouse before it was torn down. The Armonk Breakfast Club was started by a group of Armonk men who were lifelong friends growing up in Armonk, my father belonged to it. The clubhouse was located behind my Aunt Mildred and Uncle Charlie Wago’s house where they lived with their two daughters Linda and Charlene. Though they were not my blood aunt and uncle they were lifelong friends of my family and back then when you were that close to people you had the honor of calling them your aunt and uncle.
The Armonk Breakfast Club met every Sunday morning where the men would meet, cook breakfast, talk about hunting and fishing and enjoy each others company. Once a year they would allow the wives to come down for breakfast. Us kids were never allowed. Below is a picture of some of the members taken at Linda’s wedding. You can see the roof of the clubhouse in the background.
Members from left to right front row: John Torlish, Ray Bell, John Dean, Kenny Abrans
Member from left to right back row: Joe Wago, Harry Saglibene, Frank (Hank) Johnson (my Dad), Louie Tartaglia,
Ike Eisenhower, Harold Lape, Fred Coupe and Charlie Wago (aka Uncle Charlie).
The sad part is everyone in this picture except for Fred Coupe has passed on and I wanted one last picture of the clubhouse to remember them by. Some of the members not photographed were Tom Durkin, Bimbi Cox, Tommy Cox and I apologize if I missed anyone. Remember, I wasn’t allowed down there!
The club had it’s own patch which they would have sewed it on a jacket to wear around town. My Dad had a green wind breaker that he wore it on.
They must have had 50/50 raffles because Buffy Fisher (another old Armonk Family) and the excavator on the tear down of the clubhouse found them in the shed and gave me a few. I haven’t the faintest idea what they raffled off but I can imagine!
I couldn’t stay and watch the clubhouse come down because I knew I would cry. Another loss that over the last three years has been quite a bit for me. Change is constant and sometimes I embrace it with open arms and other times I look open it with the loss of wonderful times. I was very lucky to grow up in a small town where everyone knew you and you made lifelong friends. Times were so much simpler then.
I dedicate this weeks blog to the members of the Armonk Breakfast Club. I love and miss you all so very much.
A special thank you to Linda Wago Herbst for letting me photograph the club house, providing me with the picture of the some of the club members and the patch. To Buffy Fisher for being kind and patient waiting for me to photograph the clubhouse before tearing it down.
I put this composite together last January and never got around to posting it. The background is Fort Totten located in Bayside, New York. The building of Fort Totten began in 1862 to protect the East River entrance in the New York harbor along with Fort Schuyler which is located across from it on the Bronx side. It is a very interesting Fort to visit. The ghost like figure is me which I photographed somewhere in my house. I wanted that old, eerie castle or old abbey kind of feel to it.
Background photographed at Scranton Lace Company a few weeks ago using my Fuji X-T1. Vintage image of dancer is from Hello Tuesday on Deviant Art. I photographed the ocean at Gateway National Recreation Area located in the Jamaica Bay area of Brooklyn, New York. Rain was created with a Photoshop brush. The sunglasses I drew in Photoshop.
I have no idea what that little tub was used for but I had put someone it it!
I photographed the abandoned silo at an Abandoned America Vanishing Countryside workshop. As soon as I looked at the silo I thought of the fairy tale, Rapunzel, The vintage image is from e-vint.com, background sky is Photomorphis textures. Stars are created with a Photoshop brush.
My friend Peter Nagy led a night photography field trip to the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx the other week and the background is one of the images I took that night. The ghostly woman is from e-vint.com. Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is designated as a National Historical Landmark. Woodlawn is also known for the memorials and mausoleums designed by famous architects such as McKim, Mead & White and John LaFarge as well as the final resting places for Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Irving Berlin, Jay Gould, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
Cornfield photographed up in Griswold, Connecticut. I was actually photographing the sunflower fields at Buttonwood Farms and walking back to my car came upon this great cornfield with those beautiful fluffy clouds. I see cornfields and I always think of the movie, “Children of the Corn”. Vintage photo is from Dover’s “Old Fashion Children’s Images”. and I colorized and retouched the image in Photoshop. I intentionally have the little boy fading from the corn because in my story the children arise from the corn stalks. Cornfield was photographed with my Fuji X-T1. Processing in Photoshop with Topaz Restyle, Topaz Impressions and Macphun Intensify filters.
With the crisp cool mornings the past few days I feel a little fall is in the air and fall is my favorite season. Fall also reminds me of Halloween and haunted houses. This house is actually an abandoned Officer’s house located at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Fort Hancock is a National Historical Landmark and well worth a visit. I actually photographed the house on a hot summer day. I was able to get the dark look using clouds that I photographed with an approaching storm in Mount Kisco, New York. I added some textures by Distressed Textures. It was one of the few Officer’s Homes that was not badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Photographed with my Fuji X-Pro1.
We desperately need rain in New York and so I decided to create an image suggesting rain instead of doing a rain dance.
The setting is the Lansdowne Theater in Lansdowne, Pa. I photographed this awhile back on an Abandoned America workshop. The detail in this theater was amazing. Camera, Fuji X-Pro 1. The vintage image is from Hello Tuesday on DeviantArt.
A day late posting this week. I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania photographing an abandoned site as well as Gettysburg.
This background of this image is the attic at Scranton Lace which I photographed on one of my numerous trips with the Abandoned America workshops. The image of the young boy is from my private collection. The paper boats are from Open Clipart, background sky Photomorphis textures and the water is an image I took at Sherwood Island in Westport, CT.
Another song inspired image. “Time Out of Mind” by Steely Dan is one of my favorites. I always have images flash through my mind when I listens to music and when I was listening to the song the image came into my head of time coming out of the top of his head. I bought this particular tintype image from the guys at Brooklyn Film. It was in beautiful condition and I just loved the way this man looked. I also took an online course on how to colorize vintage images and I really liked the way he came out. The background is Sherwood Island in Westport, CT. The sail boat in the back is from the Library of Congress Bain collection. The moonlit sky is from Dare to Dream Studios background and textures.
Inspiration is from the movie “IT” based on the novel by Stephen King. I could never look at clowns as happy go lucky characters after that movie.
Photographed in an abandoned house in New York with a Fuji X-T1. I photographed the clock which is one that I inherited from my father’s collection of antique clocks. The clown or clown’s feet are from e-vint.com and colorized by me. Balloon is a stock image by Maureen Older at DeviantArt.com Clouds from a Photoshop Brush and Photomorphis textures.
I was listening to one of my favorite songs “Shut Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol and came up with this image. You can hear the song here: Shut Your Eyes – Snow Patrol. I wanted to convey this woman in a “secret Place” that is “somewhere caked in snow” but also wanted to leave in the green of the garden so that it had this transforming dreamlike feel to it. The garden is abandoned and located in New York. The vintage image is from e-vint.com and the snow scene is Wampus Brook in Armonk, NY during a snowstorm that I photographed with my iPhone. The abandoned garden was photographed with my Fuji X-T1.
Photographed in an abandoned house in New York with my Fuji X-T1. Victorian dress from Dover Pictura Victorian Fashion. Photoshop brush for bats. This was inspired by Edward Gorey’s work. My favorite always being his opening to PBS Mystery.
Photographed at an abandoned school in New York using a Fuji X-Pro1. Textures are from the wonderful Dirk Wuestenhagen. Sky composited from one of my photographs of clouds.
Composite image comprised of an image I photographed in the library of an abandoned house in New York with a Fuji X-T1 a tree in Rockefeller Preserve in Pocantico Hills, New York photographed with a Fuji X-Pro 1. Rabbit from Graphics Fairy and sky texture from Photomorphis. Vintage image of child is from my personal collection and the woman was purchased through e-vint.com.
This is the second image in a series of the Titans of industry. The background of machinery and building were photographed at my first Abandoned America workshop call Steam and Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. You can see the stacks I photographed of the Bethlehem Steel mill in the image. The vintage image of the man is from e-vint.com. The watch and clock face are from Graphics Fairy. The goggles on the man are from another Abandoned America workshop, the Children’s Clothes Factory. They were hanging in one of the rooms and I photographed them knowing I would use them somewhere. I added the clouds to the goggles and clock face from a Photoshop Brush. The texture in the photograph comes from a one of my experiments using Citra-Solv on an old National Geographic Magazine. Filters used were from Topaz ReStyle.
I was working with this image I had taken at an old children’s clothing factory through Abandoned America and wanted to incorporate one of my vintage images. I had this image of a beautiful woman seated in a chair in my personal collection and she seemed to fit right in. Once I placed her in the image I notice the framed picture (which actually held a picture of a chimpanzee…go figure) on the sill of the window and I thought maybe she is sitting by the window waiting for her lover to return. Then it hit me, put in the image of the guy in There Might Be Dragons, from last weeks blog post and create a story around that. The cardboard on the right looked like a giant book so I decided to write the story and write it so it bled off the page so you would only get a gist of the story. So we have a continuation of the story from my image last week into this one.
The dragon tattoo in the image as well as the bee are from Graphics Fairy. The flying dragon in the window is from ClipArtBest.com. The cloud gesture background is from Photomorphis. The letter is from Vicki Robinson’s Vintage Writing which I purchased on Design Cuts. Children’s Clothing Factory image was taken with my Fuji X-Pro1. I used the filters from Macphun Intensify, Nik Color Efex Pro, Topaz Impressions and Topaz Restyle in Photoshop CC 2015.
I was photographing abandoned farms with Abandoned America and fell in love with this silo. When I originally photographed it I was thinking of incorporating a vintage image into the door opening at the top. This particular vintage image is from e-vint.com and he is actually part of a group of three men. I picked him because he was young and dashing in his uniform, exactly someone who could fight off a dragon. The dragons popped into my head while putting it together. I was going to originally name this post “Secret Weapon” but “There Might be Dragons” had more of a ring to it for me. The dragons are a vintage illustration from Graphics Fairy . The airplane is from WikiCommons.
The Silo was photographed in daylight and I brought clouds in from Photomorphis and then darkened using a color fill and hue and saturation layers. The clouds and stars are from a Photoshop brush. I wanted the image to be whimsical and fun.
Happy Father’s Day!
I photographed this abandoned barn recently and was drawn to this open door. I ran a cross the image of the old woman on Graphics Fairy and really wanted to use it in this scene. I colored the image in Photoshop working with many layers so that the I had control over the color of the hair, her lips, eyes, etc. This is actually a lot of fun to do but takes a lot of time and a lot of layers. Since it was a head shot, I found positioning it in the backdoor gave the appearance of a portrait hung in the barn. But as we all know I can’t leave it as mundane as that and had to bring a haunting quality to it. So I made it slightly transparent, just enough so you could see the wood grain of the board in the door to suggest she could be an apparition.
I photographed the barn with my Fuji X-T1 and processed the image in Photoshop CC 2015 using the filters from Macphun Intensify and Topaz Restyle.
Girl in the Striped Dress is a composite image I created using a vintage image from my personal collection and a wonderful abandoned asylum in New York State that I photographed a few weeks ago. Only I could view an abandoned asylum as wonderful (goes back to my wanting to live in the Adam’s Family House as kid). What I created is a haunting image of a ghostlike young girl with her ghostlike doplangers. You can look at the image and come up with your own interpretation of what is going on (which is what I want my images to enable you to do). My feeling when creating it was she could not escape from the place as represented by this curious chain (invisible) of herself attached to the image in the doorway.
I photographed the building at the asylum with my Fuji X-T1 which is such an amazing little camera. I am constantly surprised by the quality of the images I get every time I shoot with it. Plus it is so nice and light for me to carry. The black bird on her arm is a Jackdaw (curtesy of FrankandCarySTOCK at DeviantArt). The vintage photograph is from my personal collection and I hand colored it in Photoshop CC. The birds in the sky are a photoshop brush from Distressedtextures.com.
Beach Ruins is set in one of my favorite rooms at Scranton Lace Company. I photographed this massive space several times but this shot is from the first time I went there. It had these huge piles of cement in the middle of the floor and the room had incredibly high ceilings with that wonderful architectural detail in it. I knew I wanted to incorporate the room in a future image and when I happened upon this photograph of a woman in a bathing suit in the Library of Congress images in Flickr, I thought of the beach. The water she is wading in is actually from Sherwood Island in Westport, Connecticut. The hot air balloons are from Media Militia, a great source (and yes I did make a donation). The trees were photographed by me this winter in my back yard. All together I wanted a whimsical image with a little of that darkness I like so much. Scranton Lace Company and the trees were photographed with my Fuji X-Pro1.
This image took many layers and a lot playing around with lighting and figuring out exactly what I wanted floating in that lofty ceiling. I used Topaz Impressions, Topaz Restyle, Macphun Intensify and Nik Color Efex 4 to get the coloring and mood just right.
I took a ride up to Sherwood Island in Westport, Connecticut a couple of weeks ago to photograph the beach and water. When I came home I decided to make it a moon lit beach scene with this elegant woman lying in the sand. I wanted her to appear as if she crawled out of the water and played down from exhaustion. I found this great graphic image of the seashell and decided to use it as a resting place for her head. I then waved my Photoshop brush with stars and I had a magical scene. The beach was actually shot in broad daylight and there were a few people on the beach which I was able to remove in Photoshop.
The woman is one of the vintage images I purchased through e-vint.com and I added different colors to it to bring it out. Beach was photographed with my Fuji X-T1 and the wonderful 10-24mm lens.
I was inspired to create “The Lady in Blue” when I was looking through some of my old art history books. I love the old portraits by Richard Brinkley Sheridan, John Singer Sargent, Charles Albert Walhain, Gainsborough. Though I am inspired by these great artist I always have to add that twist to mine. The abandoned house in the background with lights on, giant bees, a butterfly bow and a dramatic sky. Always a dramatic sky.
The abandoned house was photographed at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, NJ. The meadow was photographed at Rockefeller State Preserve in Pocantico Hills, New York, the clouds are a texture by Photomorphis, the bees and butterfly are from the Graphics Fairy and the woman in blue is an image from e-vint.com.
Processing was done in Photoshop CC, Macphun Intensify, Topaz Restyle and Impressions. Many photoshop layers later I had “The Lady in Blue”.
I am going to be exhibiting two of my images, “Witch Tree” (shown below in the promotion piece) and “The Captain” with the Red Circle PhotoArts Group at the Desmond-Fish Library Gallery in Garrison, New York. There was also an article written about Red Circle PhotoArts here.