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Making Progress

The photos for the first gallery competition are matted, framed and ready to go. I sent in the entry form and fee this morning and have to deliver these 3 pieces on Saturday to the Gallery. The reason one is bigger than the others is its a true 8 x 10 and didn't look quite right in an 11 x 14 frame leaving a bit more weight at the bottom than the top. Plus I wanted to stay with standard size frames so I wouldn't have to have glass specialty cut. The 6 I'll be entering in the juried show won't be so easiy since one is 14 x 36. That will be a custom framing job. I do have an advantage in Deb's dad owning a glass store, so it will just be the frame that really gets me.

In other news, I helped my cousin Johnny put up a sign at one of his farms. This is where we will have "The Gathering" this fall which will be essentially a Pow Wow with all Natives invited. I'll have the flyer ready soon for this event so if you are interested, let me know and I'll get the info out to you.

Johnny and I also revisited an old family home that I'd shot 5 years ago when I first started posting to the rural_ruin community. Johnny's late mother and all of her sisters and brother's lived in this house around the time of the Great Depression. This is about a mile and a half east of my farm.

It's a different angle on the house but you can see how far it has deteriorated in just 5 years.



And just look at this unique wallpaper design we found in the stairwell.

One part of the house I didn't explore fully last time was the attic because it was full of bats at the time. But now the skylight has fallen in so the bats have all escaped I guess or not come back yet this spring. These shots really demonstrate why I like natural light over using a flash. Yeah maybe you miss out on some hidden details but the ones you do get are so much more dramatic.

with Flash

Without flash

And this may now be one of my favorite images.

Right now I'm planning a photo shoot for work to Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria, IL where I'm going to try and get shots of about 4 dozen critters native to Illinois including elk and buffalo.




( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 12th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
That last shot is fantastic...

...I'm going to have to check that community out.

I love shooting ruins of any kind, but seem most drawn to metro area type ones, old institutions, etc.

But nothing like an old country house or barn.....
May. 13th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
There's a link on the community profile page for rural_ruin that will give you the urban explorers community site. Thanks.

May. 13th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
The last ladder if def my fav. I want to break into that house!
May. 13th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
No need to break in. It's wide open and you can just walk in the front door.

May. 13th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I like that first house covered with all the vines (with the stormy sky). I think the cloudy/stormy sky gives it more of a "creepy" feel. Well done!
May. 13th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Weather definitely adds to the mood.

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