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abandoned houses + a new goal

Monday, 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.

theres always a chair, abandoned

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!


Happy Monday!
xoxo

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  1. I think editing them in black and white was a really fab move forward! I love the idea of exploring abandoned houses - I think it'd be really interesting to consider how the previous residents lived, and why they left

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  2. I do think they look amazing in B&W though! It really fits the mood of the setting.

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  3. Kaylah, your photos are always amazing! These abandoned house photos are no exception; they are amazing. I love seeing your adventures, and you inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and explore more! Keep on rockin'. You're extraordinary! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! That makes me so happy to hear!!! :D

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  4. I love B+W for this type of photography. I am surprised that you would feel it is a last resort. I think in recent years people have given it a bad rap as a cop out for bad lighting, color, etc but I would shoot B+W over color 90% of the time if I could. It is just classic and timeless.

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    1. I guess I'm just a colorful person so not shooting in color feels weird to me. I'm definitely liking it more and more though.

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  5. I like the black and white. It definitely adds to the mood. It reminds me of the book Sharp Objects. I went to an abandoned sanatorium in Irkutsk, and it was so cool. It was like everyone up and left one day, so you can still see the life it once was. Unfortunately, too many vandals have gotten to it.

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    1. That's really awesome. So weird how abandoned places can look like that, like one day people just didn't come back. I mean, I guess that is what happens but it always confuses me that more stuff isn't taken or sold when they decided to no longer use a place.

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  6. I love the spooky element these photos have! I can't wait to see more of your B+W work :)

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  7. How do you find these abandoned houses? Just from passing by? I would love to find some around the Columbus area.

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    1. Just passing by. I've always got my eyes peeled.

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  8. I've just got LR and need to spend a lot of time figuring it all out!

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    1. I don't know what I did before Lightroom!! While I still obviously don't know everything about it, it's made a world of difference in my photography.

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  9. Those praying hands are so creepy/wonderful!

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  10. These black & white edits are so fitting for this house! Editing slumps sucks, but black and white always makes me feel artsy, haha :)

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