Reflective State

“Reflective State” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this a few years ago near the Morgan Library on 37th Street. I actually shot from the street capturing one buildings reflection within the glass of the building across from it.

Words Escape Me

“Words Escape Me” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed down around Bleeker Street in New York City. I photographed this several years ago so I am not sure if this is still there.

The colorful graffiti caught my eye but I loved the black fire escape cutting through all of it.

Fable Farm

“Fable Farms” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed with my iPhone X at Fable Farms in Ossining, New York. They have wonderful produce and have implemented an order online with curbside pick up. I am able to get fresh vegetables and stay safe at the same time. I took a picture of the goats standing on a box in their pen from my car while waiting to pull up to the barn. I just love goats.

The Quiet Caress of Decay

“The Quiet Caress of Decay” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this building recently up in Letchworth Village in Rockland County, New York. Letchworth Village was an residential facility for the physical and mentally disabled. It opened in 1911 and consisted of 130 buildings . It closed permanently in 1996.

I used my iPhone camera and processed the image on my iPad using various light and texture filters.

I See The Writing On The Wall

“I See The Writing On The Wall”. ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at the Packard Auto Plant in Detroit, Michigan. I loved the hole in the wall that made the room beyond look like a painting or a piece of a jigsaw puzzle hanging on the wall.

The Poetry Of Decay

“The Poetry Of Decay” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

What was once a beautiful resort now lies in dampness and decay. This once grand stair case led from a lounge and bar area above down to where people would check in and have their hair done in the beauty salon and other spa like services. The wall paper now hangs limp from the walls and the carpet is covered in moss and mold. Amazing how mother nature reclaims what was once hers.

Between The Daylight

“Between The Daylight” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights

The room was photographed at Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Pennsylvania. I added a part of a painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Imaginary Landscape” by Gaspard Dughet as the landscape through the windows. The two vintage girls are from a Jermiah Gurney daguerreotype “Two Unidentified Little Girls” also from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I colorized them and placed them on a chair that was actually in the room at Pennhurst.

The Mind Plays Tricks

“The Mind Plays Tricks” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

On of my Abandon America trips to the Pennhurst State School and Hospital also known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic. A lot of atrocities were done within these walls. When I photograph these types of locations I always do so with respect to the people that had to be placed here.

Dusty Shelves Of The Past

“Dusty Shelves of the Past” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this back in 2013 at the Scranton Lace Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was my first trip there with Abandoned America. I had gone back numerous times to photograph it and over the years more and more of the factory disappeared. It was torn down completely last year. It was my all time favorite place to photograph. The entire complex was over 600,000 square feet and every time I went I discovered areas I had never seen before.

This Way

“This Way” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed a couple of years ago with my iPhone using the Hipstamtic app with the John S lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film. I love the way this particular combo is so high contrast. It really pops the white lines and arrows and captures a crisp day in downtown Manhattan.

Something Tookish

“Something Tookish” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Something Tookish” from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I mixture of several different images including a few abandoned hospitals and green houses. Mostly photographed with my iPhone X and brought together using the FotoDa app.

What’s The Frequency?

“What’s The Frequency?” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this with my iPhone as a passenger in a car going across the Tappan Zee Bridge. The day was dark and stormy. I loved the blurriness of the image as well as the lines that cut across the frame. I used the Hipstamtic app with the John S lens and the BlacKeys SuperGrain film.

“What’s the Frequency?” inspired by the song “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth” by R.E.M.

As My Mind Unweaves

“As My Mind Unweaves” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“As My Mind Unweaves” from the song “Chest Fever” by The Band

I went for a walk along the beach at Playland in Rye, New York on Monday. It was such a a beautiful day and I just wanted some fresh air. It felt so good. I photographed this using my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app using the Penny Lens and Aristotle film. I just loved the dreaminess of it.

Mark Upon The Windows

“Mark Upon The Windows” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this amazing room with the graffiti windows at the old Dixie Cup Manufacturing Plant. I loved the way the light entered the room and the splash of blue color on the windows. The enormous letters are so graphic. Photographed with my Fuji X-T1.

Hipsta Blair

“Hipsta Blair” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this scene awhile back down in SOHO with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. I just loved the blurred edges, the colors of the ripped signage, the one light blazing at you and the word “Blair” in black on the wall. Made me wonder who is Blair?

Art Through A Window #4 – Geometric Barn

“Window Series #4” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this image through a window at a former jail in western Pennsylvania. I decided to completely crop out the window sill and frame because I liked the straight lines from the bars juxtaposed against the geometric shapes on the tudor barn structure. Keeping with my art through a window series the view formed its own abstract artwork.

Winter Gold

“Winter Gold” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this at SUNY Purchase even though it looks like it is in field somewhere. They have this great ornamental grass right outside of the Neuberger Museum of Art. The day had these dramatic storm clouds so the lighting was really cool. It was the same day I photographed last weeks image of the red parking lines.

Black Earth

“Black Earth” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was walking through the parking lot at SUNY Purchase and where the staff parks the spaces are indicated by red lines. I looked down on this wet pavement and saw this great abstract look. Photographed with my iPhone X then worked on in Snapseed on my iPad and Topaz 2 on my iMac to pop the colors and work a little bit more with the look I wanted.

Repose

“Repose” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this room at Tweksbury State Hospital and had the idea while I was photographing it that I would put someone or something in it. The bather is from the painting “Birth of Venus” by Alexandre Cabanel which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is part of the “Open Access” program.

I added a few things in…the faucets and bubbles I purchased from ItKuPiLLi Imagenarium. I resized and duplicated these items in order to place them exactly where I wanted them to go. My goal was to create very surreal photograph and found that when I made it black and white it really took on that quality.

Cacophony

“Cacophony” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

This is a composite of a few different images but the main image was photographed with my iPhone out of the window at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). I loved the light and colors the mixture gave me.

Silent Beauty

“Silent Beauty” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Yesterday it was in the high 60’s which is unusual for the month of January in New York. I could not bear the thought of being inside on such a gorgeous day so I went off to one of my favorite places, Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York. This is a view looking up one of the many paths on the property. The wide open spaces here are just breathtaking. The clouds were so dramatic.

I photographed this with my iPhone X using the hipstamtic app. I brought into Photoshop to just give it a little softness.

Dixie Flyer

This was photographed in the old Dixie Cup factory in Pennsylvania at an Abandoned America workshop. I loved this blue train looking machine peeking out of the door. The colors were just so vibrant. Seeing this train reminded me of the song by Randy Newman, “Dixie Flyer.”

The Most Beautiful Experience We Can Have Is The Mysterious

“The Most Beautiful Experience We Can Have Is The Mysterious”
©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious” a quote by Albert Einstein

A combination of a lot of images. The control room sides were photographed at the Carrie Furnace in Rankin, Pennsylvania. One of the Abandoned America trips I had taken a few years ago. The sky, blimp as well as the back wall clocks I purchased from Ikupilli Imagenarium. The floor is one of my FotoDa mashups and the man is one of the vintage images I purchased and colorized.

This is one of the images I started a couple of years ago and could not get to where I wanted it. I opened it up a few weeks ago and let my imagination run this time.

Take Flight

“Take Flight” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this image from a bus window the other week. I was going in with a group to see the “Christmas Show” at Radio City Music Hall. The birds in flight caught my eye against that very dramatic sky. I used my iPhone X with the “Blackie” app. One of the best camera apps for black and white photography. I worked on it a little more in photoshop.

This image is just so New York to me.

A Spirit, Yet A Woman Too!

“A Spirit, Yet A Woman Too!” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“A Spirit, yet a Woman Too! from the poem Perfect Woman by William Wordsworth.

This is a piece a started well over a year ago that I never was completely satisfied with and came back to it last week and reworked it. I find that if a piece is not working, walking away and coming back to it after some time allows me to look at it with new eyes and ideas. I find this piece to have a romantic air to it and also that slight haunting look that I like.

The background which I kept very dark was photographed at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut. The window is from one of the many abandoned buildings I have photographed. The vintage images came from free sources on the web.

At Rest In The Golden Sun

“At Rest In The Golden Sun” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

With winter starting to come upon us I thought I would share this autumn image I took at Blue Hill Stone Barns on the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. I love the golden sun of autumn.

Art Through A Window – Autumn in New England

“Art Through A Window – Autumn in New England” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed from the Tweksbury State Hospital. I loved the tools on the sill looking out over a beautiful New England autumn scene. The tattered shade with the minute holes in it just added to it.

Battery Maritime Building

A side view of the Battery Maritime building that was built between 1906 and 1909 and is in the Beaux-Arts architectural style. It is located in the Battery Park area of New York City at 11 South Street where South Street and Whitehall Street meet. The terminal is still in use today and is where you catch the ferry to Governors Island.

It is one of my favorite buildings in New York and when I worked down on Wall Street I would take my daily walk by it. This particular day had blue skies with a little bit of storm clouds coming in.

Sunlight At The Bottom

“Sunlight At The Bottom” ©2019 Karen Johnson

Photographed at the Tweksbury State Hospital. This building had such beautiful architectural details in it. This beautiful staircase with the light illuminating the bottom of the staircase and door caught my eye. “Castle Rock” the television series based on Stephen King’s books was recently filmed in this building.

The Beckoning

“The Beckoning” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was up in Tweksbury, Masshachusetts yesterday photographing the old abandoned sections of the Twskesbury State Hospital. It started out as an almshouse and then became a hospital for the mental and physically ill. Anne Sullivan, teacher to Helen Keller, was one of their famous patients. She was left there by her father when she started to become blind.

This is one of the many staircases in the buildings and I loved the orange light that was coming down the staircase. Looks like it is right out of a horror movie.

What The Night Reveals

“What The Night Reveals” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Halloween is coming upon us so I thought this week and next and I will post some haunting images. This is a composite of images I have taken. The mausoleum was photographed at night at Woodlawn Cemetery. The dark ghouls were photographed at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. They are canvases that have been painted with a splattering of grey paints so it is thick and stiff. Then its draped over chairs. I thought they were cool.

Alluring

“Alluring” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

A collage of my iPhone images taken in the city and gardens I have walked through. The light in this image is what captures me as well as the juxtaposition of city buildings with flowers and trees.

An Exit Is An Entrance to Somewhere New

“An Exit Is An Entrance to Somewhere New” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this at an abandoned youth center in Massachusetts. I loved how the window in the door seemed to have the shapes appearing in it. The roughness of the floor, peeling paint and the little shot of red from the exit sign caught my eye. There is so much detail to see in a space that at first appears to be completely empty. One of the many reasons I love photographing abandoned buildings.

I Sing The Body Electric

“I Sing The Body Electric” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“I Sing The Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

A montage of photos I have taken with my iPhone X in the city. I used the app FotoDa to combine them. I just looked at it and thought of the song “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame. I also love the poem by Walt Whitman.

Art Through A Window – Little Red Car

“Art Through A Window – Little Red Car” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

The second in my series of “Art Through A Window”. I love the bright little red car that just pops in this scene. Photographed at an abandoned youth center in Massachusetts. I love using these windows as picture frames.

A Hollow Breeze

“A Hollow Breeze” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed in an abandoned temple in Pennsylvania. This is one of the rooms off an upstairs entryway. I really like the colors in the rug and the breeze catching the curtain. Great place to photograph but the mold and mildew was overpowering.

The Outer Banks

“The Outer Banks” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

This past spring I went down to the Outer Banks to visit my friends Donna and Chris. Donna and I decided to go to Corolla Beach to see the wild horses. It was a stormy kind of day so we picked “Wild Horse Adventure Tours” because they used Hummers. I had such a great time seeing the horses. The image above was taken with my iPhone X and processed 80% on my iPad using Distressed FX+ and Mextures filter apps. The rest was processed in Photoshop.

These Empty Halls

“These Empty Halls” ©Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was up in Massachusetts a few weekends ago and photographed this old youth center. I loved the way the light was streaming in from the many open doorways.

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day!

Art Through A Window – Grey House

“Art Through A Window 1 – Grey House” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was photographing an old youth center in Massachusetts yesterday and became fascinated with how the windows became a picture frame of a scene outside. The condensation on the window gave it a painterly look so you could almost imagine this as a painting within the room. I thought this might make a nice series. I also found something so charming about the little grey house with trees in this very urban environment.

Vestiges Of The Past

“Vestiges Of The Past” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at the Dixie Cup Plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This shows the vastness of space in these old industrial buildings. The colors on the floor tiles from the water damage is so interesting to me. I always love how the light plays in these old dark buildings.

Why

“Why” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this door at the old Dixie Cup Plant in Allentown, PA. Another great trip with Abandoned America. This was photographed with my iPhone X. I just loved that giant red question mark on the peeling door.

I was inspired by the song “Questions” by Buffalo Springfield. One of my favorites.

But The Tune Ends Too Soon For Us All

“But the tune ends to soon for us all” composed by Ian Anderson from “Life’s A Love Song

Photographed at an undisclosed location but known on the Abandoned America workshop as “The Temple of Eden.” This abandoned piano was on the third floor of the building in the ballroom. I photographed it from the balcony above the room. I loved the colors in the dirt on the floor as well as the vaulted ceiling. It just looked forlorn.

The Water Nymph

“The Water Nymph” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

A combination of a vintage portrait with photographs I took at at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens and Waveny Park in New Canaan, Conneticut. I didn’t start out with this combination but when I laid an image of the Botanical Gardens water pool over my original combination, this nymph like figure appeared. It is always fun to play around with images because you never know what will happen.

The images I used from Botanical Garden were photographed with my Sony Rx100 V. A super small camera that takes very sharp beautiful pictures in any light. My go to camera when I’m someplace I can’t bring a large camera or tripod but I want something a little more flexible than my IPhone.

The Final Act

“The Final Act” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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.

A Study In Blue

“A Study In Blue” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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.

The Garden of Good And Evil

“The Garden of Good and Evil” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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

“Show Me The Glint Of Light On Broken Glass” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“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.

Moon Dance

“Moon Dance” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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”.

Flecks Of Color On The Floor

“Flecks Of Color On The Floor” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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.

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