It was a misty autumn morning near the Vistula River in Krakow, Poland. This day I had decided to set off for work early with the intention to photograph on the way. Strolling on the bank of the river, I suddenly spotted a group of rowers heading towards the Bernatek Footbridge. Instantly, I realized I had a split second to take a good photograph of them—the rowing boat was moving rapidly. I was thrilled; it was a quick shot of adrenaline. I rushed and pressed the shutter button—had I hesitated a moment, I would have missed this perfect opportunity…Continue reading I Had A Split Second To Take A Good Photograph Of The Rowing Boat Which Was Moving So Rapidly
I’ve been exploring abandoned places at night for a few years, and for 2 years, I am working on a photo project to enlighten them in my own way with many colors.
The lighting gear is important for those images. Everything is captured on location, and the post-processing is mostly enhancing colors. I experimented a lot with light painting, so I can create an image with only one flashlight if I don’t have anything else. But most of the time, I carry a few speedlights in my bag. How many I bring depends on the size of the location, how long I plan to be there, my intuition from the research I did before, among other factors. I want to avoid carrying gear that I won’t use, but on the other hand, if I brought 8 flashes and 2 are enough for a photo, it is fine.
I focus on quality before quantity, trying to make something unique, so I do not often come back with more than one or two photos. And sometimes there is no framing catching my eyes so I come back with nothing interesting.
Saving The Stalker
For the past year, I explored a lot on my own. It gives me the ability to move spontaneously, but I enjoy having company when it’s possible. Often, I need to place a character in the frame to give some depth to the image, and when I’m alone, I have to be the character. But the images are not about me, those are rather small stories, disconnected from me.#2
Le Sommet Du Fond Du Temps
The Thunder Cult
I really like when a place is in the middle of a forest. It gives time for a nice hike, then I set up my tent, and I can enjoy a beautiful morning after a night of taking photos.
Last summer, for instance, I slept in the ruins of a castle in France, on a hill surrounded by a huge forest. It made me wonder how it was to live there, way before the invention of electricity. I took some rest and woke up just before the sunrise to capture a mysterious and delicate ambiance, just between the night and the day.#4
Distance – Collapsed Cinema
Sometimes I need to be ready to move fast, like the time I shot a photo of an old temple on the top of a small mountain. It had been raining so hard that I had been stuck at the bottom. I had to rush to reach the summit before sunset. While I was working on my lights, some people showed up, looking for a sight to photograph the thunderstorm still ongoing further (and which can be seen on the background of my image). It is rare that I meet people at night, and it is usually not a problem. Another thunderstorm was slowly coming toward us and I rushed back to the bottom!#6
Abandoned Swimming Pool At Night
In the forest, especially in mountain areas, you cannot rely only on your phone GPS to find your way. I was planning to shoot in such an area and a friend lent me an old map. It was from 30 years ago, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t do my research correctly, and the ruin I shot this day was actually one hour away from the parking spot. The map allowed me to find it. As dusk came, I finally reached it, after going on a sketchy downhill path, which I didn’t want to climb again in the dark with my heavy backpack. I shot a photo with 8 speedlights and checked the map for an alternate way to go back up the hills. One of the paths looked way easier. But the way got smaller and smaller, the grass longer and longer, and soon I had to find my way through ferns. I was too far to go back. So I climbed the slope through the vegetation, until I found my way back up, all sweaty and thirsty. Small adventures like this are fun, and I would have been happy even if I didn’t take any photos.#8
Inside The Beast
Origin – Abandoned Greenhouse
For this new season, I’m starting to bring people along again. Having someone with me is nice! My friends aren’t always familiar with abandoned places, and I like to share those exploration moments. Sometimes it’s the beginning of a new passion for them, and this is great!
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I am a french artist photographer based in Berlin. I explore abandoned places at night, and I put them in a light you’ve probably not seen before. Playing with colors is a big part of my life ! Read more »
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As a mom to a little one, I see these days zipping by so very fast. She’s outgrowing things and toys so quickly, and I don’t want to miss any of it. I see daily things that she loves so much are often overlooked by me simply because I see them all the time. A bit like driving by the same place every single day, yet never really seeing it. How you get so used to seeing THIS that you never notice the beauty in THAT. That is how I felt about her toys. The ones that are scattered on the floor at the end of each day.Continue reading Each Day I Photograph My Child’s Most Favorite Toys
These adorable newborn twin brothers were such a joy to photograph! I hope you enjoy it!Continue reading I Photographed Newborn Twins In Chicago
Aaron Zenz has pulled off a 3-in-1. He’s come up with a project that gets him to spend more time with his 6 kids, encourages their creativity, and puts a smile on hundreds of faces across their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Zenz family have started small, by painting around 40 objects to hide around town. But for the last year they’ve been aiming a bit higher, so together they’ve painted 1,000 rocks in matching pairs. Half of them ended up in Children’s Museum, and the rest 500 was hidden all over the town to become the biggest treasure hunt game the town has seen.
If you have the chance to visit Grand Rapids and go searching for these cuties yourself, don’t forget to tag your findings on social media with a hashtag #RockAroundGR.
My 6 kids and I painted over 1,000 rocks with a variety of fun faces
We painted all of them in matching pairs. Half of them are gathered together for display at the Children’s Museum so visitors can grasp the scope of it all
The other matching half are tucked around town in random places for families to spot and photograph
That’s how it happened:
In cahoots with the secret orde…
With nobody. In cahoots with nobody.
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Around eight years ago, when I first started photographing abandoned buildings and objects, I fell in love with photographing abandoned pianos. Since then, I haven’t stopped photographing this beautiful instrument. I can honestly say that I’ve been drawn even more towards it. It’s amazing to imagine the music that would have once played in these decaying places. Pianos are so beautiful—I love their shape and how they are crafted. When I want to unwind, I always listen to piano music. It’s so relaxing, and when I know there is a piano in the building I’m photographing, it’s the first thing I run off to. It’s my favorite instrument.
The pianos in this post have been shot all over the world in different types of buildings. I’ve visited hotels, houses, castles, schools, garages, hospitals, palaces and Chernobyl to photograph them.
Impressive Abandoned Palace In Poland
Abandoned School In Abkhazia
Italian Agriculture School
Abandoned School In Abkhazia
Abandoned Palace In Poland
Abandoned School In Abkhazia
Garage In Austria
Dance Room Of A Former Bar In Germany
Abandoned Villa In Germany
House In Austria
Rococo Library Built In The 18th Century
Villa Built In The Late 19th Century
Villa In Austria
Abandoned Theater At A Huge Medical Complex
The Living Room Of A Beautiful Abandoned House
House In Austria
Somebody once said that to understand society at a given point in time, look at their restrooms.
That somebody was me. I don’t know if it is true because I just made that up, but it can certainly feel like the decor and functionality of restrooms, both public and private, say a lot about us and the times we are living in – even if the restroom itself is stuck in time. Do you prefer them looking sterile and harsh? Cozy and kitschy? Luxurious to a fault? Basic and no-frills? High-tech? Perhaps you prefer them done with decor that makes no sense, executed with reckless abandon for any and all design rules as though a monkey on amphetamines went through a curbside dumpster and thought, “yes, this will be perfect!”
For five years, I’ve been documenting the restrooms around Cleveland that I happened to find myself in. It started as a joke on Instagram, and just kept going. I can’t quite articulate what the criteria were, but my gut always told me when it was something worth a photo. These are interiors that rarely get documented unless they are designed as “selfie bait”. Sure, some restrooms clearly had a big budget, but it is always interesting to see what can be done with a meager budget. Documenting is important because you never know what will be gone tomorrow.
In the short number of years since I started this project as a fun hashtag #restroomsofcleveland, several of these restrooms have been redone or have disappeared completely. The gentrification of cities has erased character and replaced it with subway tiles and Edison bulbs; the rustbelt has been slowly following the “AirSpace” aesthetic much to my disappointment.
Bars, theaters, warehouses, grocery stores, private clubs, pinball arcades, museums, schools, churches, furniture stores, and coffee shops are just some of the places you will find in the photo book I compiled – simply titled “The Restrooms of Cleveland.” It is a testament to the fact I hydrate often and have a weak bladder with little regard for location. I wish I had time to tell you my own stories within these facilities; exposed electrical wire, celebrity sightings, girl fights, dance parties, vomit, perfect selfie lighting, and unpaid counseling sessions. There was the time I found myself on my knees under a bride’s dress to fix a mishap, the time I tried desperately to keep the makeshift door closed with one foot while in the dressing room reserved for strippers, and the time a raccoon visited me while minding my own damn business! I’ve seen it all in Cleveland, Ohio, man.
For designers an image is worth more than1,000 words, but for some clients, so is their privacy
An exceptional portfolio is key to business, allowing you to pique the interest of prospective clients or submit work to a publication for consideration. For some disciplines, this practice is straightforward: Fine artists, for instance, can typically digitize and circulate their images for portfolios with ease, as they often own the rights to their work. But interior designers and architects, who work on commissions, usually need to get their client’s approval to share images of those projects. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, especially if the project is a private residence.
Sometimes—in fact, oftentimes—you’ll end up working with clients who refuse to have their space photographed because they want to maintain their privacy. In those cases, it’s essential to arm yourself with some techniques to handle such situations, since, as New York–based designer and illustrator Jason Grimesnotes, “You’re only as good as a photograph of your last project, especially at the Instagram-sharing pace the world has adopted.”
Here are several strategies to keep in mind when trying to convince clients to have their space photographed.
Put photography in your contract from the start.
The best way to work around a no-photography situation is to avoid it completely. Lawyer Alex Ross, a partner at Ross & Katz, PLLC,who works closely with designers, highly recommends including a clause about photographing a space—both before and after the project—in your standard contract. “This way we’re able to manage expectations from the beginning, so the client knows that photography is important,” he says. Work closely with an attorney to hammer out the details—you want to be sure you’re getting the rights you need.
Negotiate. Suggest stricter terms, such as ensuring anonymity, or offer a first right of refusal.
Even if you have a clause about photography in your contract, the client may strike it out before signing. That’s the time for negotiation. If your original wording didn’t mention anonymity, it’s a great place to start. Offer your client complete privacy, ensuring that no identifying details about the home or its owners will be shared with publications, on your website, or on social channels. Work on finding a middle ground with your client that still allows you to add photographs of your project to your portfolio.
It sounds obvious, but sometimes long discussions can change your client’s mind. Again, having a lawyer in this situation would be advantageous, as he or she could help negotiate specific rights.
Ask to photograph details only.
Say that your client is standing his or her ground during negotiations. The next tactic to try is to give in, just a tiny bit. “Aside from slowly convincing the client over the course of the project, the best solution I’ve found is to focus on the details,” says Grimes. “All of my work is super-detailed and hyper-custom, so detail photos go a long way. These cropped photos may not make a publication, but they can at least be used in my portfolio.”
Go to court.
Or at least threaten to. “I haven’t any seen any designers who actually go to court about this issue, but we’ve certainly threatened it,” says Ross. Going to court is probably more expensive than it’s worth (and will also cost you a client relationship), so it’s not always advisable to do so, but the option is there.
Work with brokers if the property goes up for sale.
If you’ve lost out on negotiations and the client simply won’t budge—and you decide not to take the matter to court—it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. If the client decides to sell the home, there’s a chance the space will be photographed to woo prospective buyers. In some instances, you can negotiate a deal with the broker to retroactively add those images to your portfolio.