abandoned houses + a new goalMonday, June 13, 2016
Although we haven't been exploring too much lately, Memorial day weekend Jeff and I photographed a few abandoned houses which is always exciting. Out of all the abandoned places I've been, houses always seem to be my favorite. Perhaps because they're more relatable than giant factories or football fields. You can look in an abandoned house and see where people ate breakfast at the kitchen table, or played board games in the living room. You see a piece of yourself in these places, ya know?
The first house we actually convinced my parents to come along. I say "convinced" but what I really mean is I said "Hey Dad, want to go check out that abandoned house that's on the way to the cemetery?" Ten minutes later we were all wading through the tall grass. I actually rode the school bus with a kid who used to live here. We sat together, and he'd tell me ghost stories about his uncle who apparently died in that house and haunted it. Even though that was years, and years ago and I'm pretty sure he was lying about the whole dead uncle thing I still entered the house thinking maybe, just maybe we'd spot something creepy. Alas, nothing out of the ordinary was inside. For some reason I'm always slightly disappointed when I'm not proven wrong about not believing in ghosts.
The next day, Jeff and I stopped at two more houses neither of which I have any information on. Still, I'd say it was a successful weekend! I wish we could photograph this many abandoned houses every week.
Memorial Day weekend also happened to be that weekend I was just off my photography game. I took outfit photos that I didn't absolutely love at first and then I took all these photos. I was excited about them until it came time to edit. Just like with the outfit photos, I was stumped. My normal edits didn't seem to fit. I think it's safe to say, I'm kind of in an editing slump right now. I eventually decided to see what they'd look like in black and white which was a great idea. I think B+W is so fitting for these photos. I'm very happy with how they turned out.
I've only been using Lightroom for around a year and a half. Normally I'd say that's than enough time to learn it thoroughly but shortly after starting to use it I found my style and never really ventured outside of it. I'm finally hitting that creative wall where I need to learn more! I know I just blogged about my 2016 goals and that would have been the perfect time to add this to the list but oh well... One more goal for the year- Spend time fiddling around in Lightroom. Become comfortable with different styles of editing. Stop pretending like making photos B+W is a last resort!