Looking Out

As I sit here looking out this window at the Buildings that align the landscape. I can’t help but to wonder what fates I am faced with.  I have only been here a few short weeks, but already I have had my share of anguish.  Although the staff treats me well enough, they have their jobs to do.  Some of these jobs are not very nice ones.  I hear the screams from those who need to be restrained because they might harm themselves or others.  I hear the ramblings of those who have other souls living in their heads.  The cries of the children who are so sick even their mothers are not allowed to visit.

Then there’s those like myself, who just see everything.  We sit here every day and night witnessing every move, every whisper.   This is our life, watching the play that is every day asylum life.  We see the nurse passing everyone their medicine, making sure they are swallowed.  Watch as those who aren’t playing nice that day are led away, back to their rooms.  Hopefully they will play better tomorrow so they don’t become like Henry.

Poor Henry, he came running up to me when they brought me here.  He was so energetic, so happy to see me and introduce himself.  Seamed harmless enough to me.  But, I heard a couple of the nurses talking about him.  He had a problem hitting the staff and other residents at times, I guess.  Today he sits with me watching out the window, just as silent as I am.

I see the sun is shining today.  I wonder if it’s warm outside yet.  It has been rainy lately and all the snow is gone.  The flowers should be blooming soon, I hope I will get a chance to go outside and see them.

 

The above writing is imaginary, it’s in no way intended to depict things that may have happened.  This is the kind of thing that goes through my head when I explore these old buildings.  I will be adding these writings along with some actual facts in my book.  I will also be putting some up here on the blog, so make sure you subscribe for updates!Looking out web

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Touring The State Hospital

Hello!  I know it’s been a little bit since my last blog, I have been busy doing research and booking tours and just trying to get everything moving forward to make this book a reality.  You know, all the ugly not very fun or interesting behind the scene book stuff.

Any way, thought I would check in and share my adventure from this weekend.  A few years back I discovered this wonderful half old, half redone State Hospital In Traverse City, MI.  Spent quite a bit of time just walking around the outside of the building trying to get shots through windows and of the outside of the building.  I have visited several times since doing the same thing, always wishing I could get in and explore.  This weekend I did exactly that!!  And I must say, I was NOT disappointed one little bit!!  A few of my camera club members came along with me and it was a great time.  We even got to shoot The Northern Lights, but that’s a different story.

Here are a few photographs taken at The Hospital.  Stay tuned as I have lots more to share!  Make sure to like my facebook page for more updates also.  And if you ever see a picture you love and would like to order a print copy, give me a shout and I’ll let you know price and how to order.

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Project Announcement!!

Hi everyone!  On Friday I went live on my facebook page for a very brief moment to make my Project announcement.  If you missed it, you can click on over to my facebook page and watch it here.  Go easy on me, I am extremely awkward in front of the camera, that’s why I am usually behind the camera!

You don’t want to watch my awkward video?  Don’t blame you, neither do I lol.  OK, I will tell you!  My next project will be a book!!  I will be exploring, photographing and doing research on some of my favorite old abandoned buildings and homestead’s.  My goal is to find out the history and stories these old places hide and share them.  Have you ever drove by an abandoned structure and just imagined the stories that lie in those walls?

I will be sharing this project developement right here on this blog and also through my facebook page.  So make sure to click on follow so you can get updates!

Here’s a couple pictures taken at the old building where I made my live announcement.  And to give you a little laugh, a couple pictures of what I got into while shooting!

First, here is the building I made my announcement in.  I did show Some of it in the video, so check out my facebook page if you want to see the inside.

 

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Here is an old tire off from a buggy that is in the field behind the building.

While shooting pictures of the buggy I must of found myself in a briar patch.  While walking back to the car a noticed I had some extra passenger’s.


The thing’s we get into trying to get the perfect shot!
That’s it from me for now, make sure to click that follow button so you can updates!

Cold

Hi there!

If you know anything about Michigan you know that this time of year is a crapshoot when it comes to the weather.  I have asthma and lung problems that are aggravated by the cold weather, so when it gets cold I’m stuck inside.  So what does a photographer that works outside suppose to do when they can’t get outside??  Well there is a couple of options, 1st you do what I call “Drive by Shootings”.  This is where you pretty much drive around looking for fun things to shoot either from the car, or with a quick get out of car shoot and get back in before you can’t breathe.  I did a bit of this yesterday, but because it was warm yesterday I was able to get out longer and actually walked down the beach.  It was in the 50’s.  Today the high so far has reached 32 degrees Fahrenheit, too cold for a walk on the beach.  So what to do?  Second option edit photographs!  Yes this is what I like to spend my time doing when the days are too bad to get outside.  Go back through your archives, edit some images you never got to or edit some you did before and see how you can change or improve them.  Or maybe even start a clean slate and make a composit image, this is one of my favorite creative things to do.  My third option work on your online stuff, update the website make a few posts on social media or write-up a blog post!  This is my option choice for today, aren’t you glad?  You get to read my ramblings, lol!

So, that’s where I am at today.  With any luck the weather will be warmer tomorrow, as I am hoping to go live on my Facebook page with my special announcement on my new project!!!  So make sure to check out the Facebook page here and hit that like button so you will know when I go live with my announcement!  Also, cause there’s a good chance I’ll be working on it too, go here to check on my web page.  And lastly, make sure you sign up to follow me here and get blog post updates.

That’s it for now, I am off to do some more editing and updating 🙂  Make sure to check back for that announcement!! In the meanwhile, I will leave you with a few images I took yesterday, enjoy!

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