Film Photography: Abandon Memories
Country roads. Yes they can be relaxing... but at the same time, they can also be boring. Personally, I find myself either listening to the radio or scanning my surroundings when it comes to road trips. I am not sure about you, but when I find myself scanning, I can't help but notice a lot of abandon buildings along the way. keep in mind, I am not talking about hundreds of buildings, but more like a fair share. What I have come to find out is that abandon buildings are more common then people think. Luckily for myself, I have friends that do the same. And because of this fact, it would be an understatement to say we were over joyed with the find you see below.
A few things to keep in mind. Abandon establishments are dangerous. If you ever decide to use a location such as the one you see in these photos please be careful. If is never a fun day when either yourself or you model falls though the floor.
Another thing to be highly aware of is the fact that you might be trespassing. It is never a good idea to go into a building where "No Trespassing" signs are visible. That said, it never hurts to ask those that live around the area as to who the house belongs to. Most of the times you will find that the owners of the home will actually give you permission to shoot in said location.
I have also come to the realization that one will find all sorts of treasures in these types of locations. For instance, as you can tell, we used a few props when it came to this photoshoot. The radio, TV, and bottles you see above were actually found within the house. You should also be careful that you clean up the props before handing them to the model. Last thing you want to do is have a spider bite you model and all hell breaks loose.
Finally, make sure you shoot in a group. You never know who you will find living in these homes. It is always best to have friends there in case such a incident does occur. That way you can apologize and safely make your way out. Other then that, I would also like to thank our brave model for being awesome enough to make this shoot happen!