I photographed this at an abandoned theater through an Abandoned America workshop. It’s the backstage dressing room area with the lockers still intact. The robe that is thrown over the upper level railing just looked ghostlike in its whiteness.
Photographed at the Dixie Cup Plant in Pennsylvania. I just loved the shades of blue and the beautiful sky. I always find some form of beauty in the decay.
A collage of my photographs and paintings from the Rijksmuseum open access site. I also put in a vintage illustration of a woman. The main background photograph was taken in the Elizabethan Gardens at the Fort Raleigh National Historic site, Manteo, North Carolina. I went there with my childhood friend and enjoyed it immensely. We even set butterflies free that day!
“Show me the glint of light on broken glass” Anton Chekhov
I photographed this broken bus window at an Airplane Graveyard in New Jersey. I loved the way the light was hitting the shattered glass. Photographed with my Fuji XT-1 and processed in Photoshop, MacPhun and Topaz Studio.
I actually started working on this image in 2015 and nearly finished it. I found it while looking through my digital image libraries. This was part of the vintage series I was working on a few years ago. I photographed the landscape at Tod’s Point in Greenwich, Connecticut. The vintage image is from a series of images I purchased online. I added the mask to create a sense of mystery.
The image was inspired by the lyrics to Van Morrison’s song, “Moondance”.
I photographed this at the Packard Auto Plant in Detroit, Michigan with Abandoned America. The colors and light caught my eye. This was photographed with my Fuji X-T1 and processed in Photoshop using Topaz Studio and Nik.
“Walking the nightmarish room” from Love in the Asylum by Dylan Thomas
I integrated an old vintage magazine illustration of this woman into this FotoDa collage I created. I also used Topaz Studio and photoshop to work on the colors. The background is a combination of a Newport Mansion doorway I photographed as well as a few seascapes I took on vacation. I also brought in some clouds I took during a storm.
A composite of several different images again using Fotoda and Photoshop. My goal is to create something colorful and interesting to look at. In my book, it doesn’t have to make sense!
A composite made up of various images I photographed with my iPhone X. Scenes from Manhattan, graffiti, a computer motherboard I photographed at Mongers Market as well as landscapes at Greenwich Point and typography. Combined I felt it created something fairy tale like. Could be the juxtaposition of the calm landscape with the bright colors of the city that creates this.
Happy Mother’s Day for all the mother’s be it of children, pets, gardens, or anything else you like to mother!
I wanted to post an image that was not as dark and moody but looking at this image I realized can’t even photograph flowers without going a little goth. This was photographed with my iPhone X at Rockefeller Preserve last summer and processed 99% on my Ipad using various apps to get a painterly effect.
A combination of iPhone photographs I have taken combined in FotoDa and then brought into Photoshop and Topaz Studio to edit.
I liked the red face with the clock face overlaid. It looks almost like a monocle. I was inspired by the song “Time Stand Still” by Rush. It is also the name of their documentary which I highly recommend watching. They are a fantastic group of musicians.
A few weeks ago I went to an Abandoned America workshop at the former Dixie Cup Plant in Easton, Pennsylvania. It was a really interesting place for me because I worked for the design department at American Can Company for 10 years and American Can owned Dixie Cup. Our department use to create the designs for the Dixie cups and plates.
I photographed this particular image with my IPhone X. I did use my Fuji X-T1 most of the time, but the IPhone X captured this room the best. I loved the light and the windows in this room and that is what I set out to capture. I just love abandoned buildings.
I created the diver figure in a great mobile app called ArtPose. The background is a combination of photographs I have taken with my IPhone X and combined in FotoDa. I brought the image into Photoshop and did some work in Topaz Studio.
“Bullae Aeris” (Air Bubbles).
I photographed this clown at a museum up in Cape Code. He is combined with my beautiful fire bush that I photographed in the fall as well as a water droplets I used a macro lens on my IPhone to photograph. I used my favorite app, Fotoda, to get this combination. Everything was photographed with my IPhone X.
I’ve been working with a great app called Fotoda to create composites and collages from my IPhone photos. This is one of the images produced and brought in to Photoshop for further editing and enhancements. It’s a combination of various images I have photographed, the dominant one being an old fashion red cash register I found up in Mongers Market in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The keys look like tall trees or seaweed floating in water.
“Imagination is the only weapon”, a quote from Alice in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
This is a combination of four to five images, mostly from the Packard Plant in Detroit Michigan. I have a few images from local woods and ponds mixed in. I used a great app called TaDa to get this combination. It’s fun and random and you get some of the most interesting mixtures of photographs. I love abstract art mixed in with realism so this is great fun for me.
Photographed at Greenwich Point in Greenwich , Connecticut. I used my IPhone X with the Hipstamtic app. Love the moodiness of the day.
The word “spectre-grey” is an adjective Thomas Hardy coined in his poem “The Darkling Thrush” to describe a haunted landscape.
I photographed this at another abandoned auto plant in Detroit. The television sprayed with a little purple paint along with the lack of electrical components reminded me of how quickly technology becomes obsolete.
This is a scene that I photographed at Rich Lewis’ photography tour of an abandoned airplane and automotive graveyard. I placed the vintage portrait inside the screen and used some special effects to make it look as the man was starting to come out of the screen. I also played around with the textures and color. The image was inspired R.E.M.’s song called “What’s the Frequency Kenneth?”.
Photographed at Glazier Preserve in Chappaqua, New York. I used my IPhone X with the Hipstamatic app and then played with textures and filters on my Ipad. Brought into photoshop for a little more finesse with the lighting. It was a foggy day so I really liked the dark atmosphere.
Photographed at the Packard Auto Plant workshop with Abandoned America this past summer. I got a kick out of the magazines pasted on the wall. They must have liked Elvis Presley because there are a few of his magazine photos on the wall. Most of all I loved the colors!
“Clad in its robings of the summer past” from the poem Winter Leafage by Edith Matilda Thomas.
These tall field flowers were photographed in January at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY. I used my IPhone X with the Zytulus M Series Revolver Macro Lens. Processed on my Ipad using Snapseed and Brushstroke and then brought into Photoshop using Topaz Studio and Nik.
I photographed the above with my IPhone X in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY. I used the Hipstamatic app and then brought the image into Photoshop using Topaz Studio. I just liked the old abandoned shed in this field of gold.
“The Misty Solitude” from Rudyard Kipling’s The Way Through the Wood
We had a very foggy day in New York this past week and it gave me an opportunity to photograph in it. The above image was taken at Glazier Preserve in the Town of New Castle. I used my IPhone X and the Hipstamatic app with the John S lens and BlackKeys Supergrain film set.
There is nothing like the Hipstamtic app to get these really moody black and white images.
I drove up this morning to one of my favorite places, Mongers Market, in Bridgeport, Conneticut. Photographed this great machine mold. I love these molds because they look like abstract art to me. Photographed with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic app and the combo of Loftus Lens, Ina’s 1982 Film and Triple Crown Flash.
“Fugue” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved
This composite is made of a vintage photographic portrait that I had purchased and then layered on this wonderful image of a die cut tool and peeling paint door I had photographed at Mongers Market in Bridgeport, CT. I then added a background of graffiti I photographed at the abandoned Packard Auto Plant in Detroit and then blended in various textures and colors using different filters in photoshop. Most of the work was done on my Ipad using IColoram, Snapseed, SWKRT, Union, SuperImposeX, Distressed FX, Mextures and the finishing textures were done in Photoshop using Topas Studio.
I was in Manhattan yesterday and did a little street photography in the rain. The background of this image was taken with my IPhone X shooting straight down onto the street. It was a corner in SoHo with a pedestrian walkway and a lot of red and white colors swirling around it. It really popped in the rain. All I could think of was an abstract painting. I decided to bring in a vintage image I colorized and obtained online through the Metropolitan Museumof Art’s Open Access program. I used gradients to fade the man into the street. I liked the combination of the vintage image with this modern abstract background.
I drove over to Bridgeport, Connecticut this morning to check out this great salvage warehouse called Mongers Market. Absolutely loved the place. So many things to see and photograph. It reminded me of how United House Wrecking in Stamford, Connecticut used to be before they added the word “Antique” along with serval zeros to the price! These suitcases and trunks were lined up overhead by the hundreds and I had to capture them with my IPhone. I used my Hipstamatic app with the lens/film combination of John S+BlacKeys Supergrain.
“The house is shut and still” from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson
I photographed this abandoned carriage house at the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, New York. I used my IPhone X and my hipstamatic app with the black and white film, lens and flash filter of Anne-Marie +Aristotle +Jolly Rainbow. The blurring at the edges and the very dark contrast gave a haunting quality to the image.
“The nursling of the sky” from the poem The Clouds by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I photographed this beaux arts bathroom at the Mills Mansion in Staatsbury, New York with my IPhone X. I did half the processing on my IPad Pro using Snapseed, Brushstroke and SuperImpose X. The rest of the processing was done in Photoshop using Topaz Studio and Nik software. Sky texture is for Distressed FX. I was striving towards a slight surreal feal with the clouds.
“Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall” from the poem The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe.
I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum. Both walls are covered with paintings. The one on the left is from the Metropolitan Museum’s open access collection and is “The Allegory of the Planets and Continents” by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The painting on the right wall is “Diane Reposing’ by Paul-Jacques-Aime Baudry from The Walters Museum open access. The woman is one of my vintage images.
I made the woman blur in motion so she appeared more ghostly and coming almost from the wall.
“From the thunder” from the poem Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
I photographed this old barn on the way to the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY. The clouds were nice and stormy. I used the Hipstamatic app on my IPhone X with the lens/film/flash combination of Anne-Marie + Aristotle + Jolly Rainbow. This combination gave me the darkness and drama of the day.
I photographed the Mills Mansion (Staatsburg State Historic Site) in Staatsburg, New York with my IPhone X last weekend. It is a beautiful 79 room mansion designed by Stanford White in the Beaux Arts style. I used the Hipstamatic camera app with the Ann-Marie + Aristotle + Jolly Rainbow lens, film and flash combination. I loved the way this film combination created a very haunting image. Dark and foreboding with the edges blurred as if it is slipping off the side. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween week!
I was playing around with a vintage image I had colorized and a graffiti room I photographed at the abandoned Packard Car Plant in Detroit. I added a pretty heavy painterly texture to it. I worked on this image starting on my Ipad and then moved it into Photoshop to work with Topaz Studio. I just liked the way the colors melded together and her stillness against the wild background.
“Through broken walls and gray” from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson
This room was photographed on one of the Abandoned America workshops I went on. I loved the black and white floor and peeling paint.
“Cans, Papers, Rags” from the poem The Ghetto by Lola Ridge.
Photographed in the Bowery in New York City. I gave it a slight painterly feel to go along with the cans of paint and graffiti.
I photographed this when I went on one of my Abandoned America trips. It was photographed from a room from a former hospital that became a prison in Pennsylvania. I loved that red brick against the dark gloomy blue sky. The bare trees lend a starkness to it.
“Old Stone To New Building” from T.S. Eliot, “Four Quartets” Part II: East Coker
I photographed this beautiful old building down by the World Trade Center. I just loved the way the light reflected on it and the architectural details. The newer buildings surround it do not dominate it at all. It stands strong among them.
I will be exhibiting five of my vintage series pieces with three other photographers at the North Castle Public Library from September 10 to October 13th. The opening reception is Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop in and say hello!
This library is very special to me because it was my favorite place to go to when I was growing up in Armonk. The art gallery is new to the library and it is a wonderful space to exhibit work. I am exhibiting alongside three wonderful photographers from Armonk so we have a nice mix of different styles and views.
“There is ruin and decay” inspired from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
One of my many images from the Packard Auto Plant in Detroit, Michigan. This is one that I photographed with my IPhone X and processed 90% on my IPad. I added a painterly feel to it because modern ruins are generally not depicted this way. I think the painterly effect gives it such a totally different feel.
“And all the flowers were mine” from To One in Paradise by Edgar Allan Poe
This image is one of the happy chance combinations I sometimes stumble upon. I had colorized the little girls but had no idea where I was going to place them. I tried them in different locations I had photographed and this one room just seemed to fit them. I then decided to use one of the paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access program. I saw this one by Martin Johnson Heade and when I put it in the room and maneuvered it around I really loved the result. It became very surreal and magical. I still felt it was missing something so I added the gramophone and bees.
The room was photographed at an abandoned school in Pennsylvania. The flowers are part of a painting by Martin Johnson Heade called “Hummingbirds and Passion Flowers” which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The vintage image of the two little girls is also from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gramophone I photographed at a flea market.
“The Waters That Like Diamonds Shone” from “The Loves of the Angels” by Thomas Moore
The setting was photographed at an Abandoned America workshop I took a few years ago at the Lansdowne Theater in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The droplets are actually an IPhone image I took while going across the Tappan Zee Bridge in a rain storm (I was not driving!). I liked enlarging the letters that were in a room so that they dwarfed the woman.
“There is no road through the woods” from The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling.
The hallway was photographed with my IPhone X at an abandoned prison I was lucky to visit through Abandoned America. I blended the image on my IPad using an app called Diana. This combination came up and I loved it. I then used my Ipad to play around with it and finished it up in Photoshop. I photographed the woods and meadow in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY using the Hipstamatic app.
Photographed at the Packard Plant in Detroit, Michigan with Abandoned America. I always love composing an image when I am photographing from a dark room into a room with light streaming in. It gives a sense of depth and mystery and it captures what I find beautiful in these old buildings.
I was up in Cape Cod this weekend to attend a wedding and spent a wonderful afternoon at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. This house is actually their administrative building but with the right textures and painterly apps I was able to give it an abandoned look. I photographed it with my IPhone X and did 98% of the processing on my IPad Pro.
I photographed the room in an abandoned sanitorium in Pennsylvania. The woods were photographed in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York. Both images were photographed using my IPhone X. I came up with the original concept on my Ipad using the Diane app which arbitrarily mixed the two images together. I like the juxtaposition of this old, peeling paint room where one feels like a prisoner and the wide open space of the woods where freedom awaits.
“And stars, in their orbits, shone pale thro’ the light” from Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe.
I photographed this on my Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic App. I did most of the processing on my IPad but brought into Photoshop to run it through a few other filters. I like the moodiness of it.
I traveled out to Detroit, Michigan last week to photograph the abandoned Packard Plant with Abandoned America. The Packard Motor Car Company was built the plant in 1903 and was designed by Albert Kahn. The plant encompassed 3.5 million square feet and is considered one of the largest abandoned industrial sites in the country. The plant closed in 1957 and has stood abandoned ever since. The plant was recently purchased and the new owners have started “The Packard Plant Project” which entails revitalizing the existing buildings.
I photographed the images using both my Fuji X-T1 and IPhone X.