Bigg-E and I dropped off Melissa and went for a walk around Signal Hill tonight and I noticed the sun was getting low so we went down to Fort Waldegrave to shoot the ruins at Fort Amherst with that iceberg behind it. The bugger made a thunderous crack tonight, nothing fell off but what a noise.
#Newfoundland #iceberg #stjohns #sunset
So I worked today, meaning the thought out, planned pictures have probably come to an end. I was driving up Kenmount Rd., looking for old abandoned buildings to take pictures of, and this one next to Academy Canada has always struck my eye. Looking online I could only find an old name of the building “S Aplen Wood Working Limited”. Extensive Google searching turned up zilch about the place. I always thought it looked nice. and could be used for something cool.
I looked inside and it was mostly empty, a could old boxes, a few saw horses and that’s pretty much it. I would hope they are still building wood stuff in there.
While driving around looking for my photo for this evening I thought of the Pen as it relates to urban decay, both in terms of the physical degradation of the building and the occupants inside.
Taking pictures and wielding a camera in unusual places often results in suspicion. I knew that I would likely raise some eyes on the inside but figured I’d be gone before any trouble. I was able to take four photos before guards came out to ask what I was doing. I was there for probably 2-3 minutes. I explained I was taking photos of a public building, but understood that the time of day would likely raise concerns and I apologized. They were best kind about it, but very stern about the events on the inside recently and that anything unusual would be looked into. They didn’t ask to see the pictures, or tell me to delete them, so I was fine with it all.
#Newfoundland #StJohns #urban #night
So this idea was all Dan’s. I take no credit for it whatsoever, it was all his creation. I always wanted to go out into Fort Amherst and take some pictures for this week, or the worn down rooms, the old cannons etc… and Dan came up with the idea of framing one of the icebergs in the window.
I thought about doing it the other day, but the iceberg was too close to the window at that time. I decided to venture down early this morning and have a gander, as this was also my first time inside the fort. Here is the end result. I enjoy the picture, but Dan gets all the credit for coming up with the idea.
On a separate note I loved exploring down there. Trying to figure out how it was all pieced together, wondering how all the rooms and stuff were arranged. Wondering if anyone was looking through this exact window and saw an iceberg in the same spot. It was marvellous. I could spend all day in a place like this.
So I had a plan for this photo, I wanted to find an abandoned car in the woods. I reached out on twitter and found exactly what I was looking for out in Portugal Cove. I got up early, went for a hike, and found the car no problem. Well actually, there was one problem. The light. It was so early in the day the car was still shaded by trees, yet everything else was lit up. I tried my best to salvage it, but to no avail I didn’t like the pictures.
I decided to drive around Portugal Cove some more and what did I find, another abandoned car in a gravel pit! Now these was seemed fairly new, and it looked subject to arson, but who knows. Nevertheless this is my photo for the day. I wanted to try and blend it into the background, and really make the yellow tape stand out. This has been a fun week so far!
I was hoping to frame the massive iceberg off Fort Amherst from inside the ruins. I thought they were easier to get to so I brought the dog along, needless to say I didn’t get down there, haha. I shot this while 20 people were behind me shooting the iceberg, gotta stick to the theme, right? In one hand was the camera, the other was Bigg-E and a bag of poop.
Theme this week is urban/rural decay, meaning the goal this week is to take pictures of run down buildings, abandoned areas, pretty much anything that looks like it needs to be better taken care of. We decided to go over by the old Grace Hospital site. The main building was torn down years ago, this is the only one left standing. I think this use to be the old nurses residence, but I am not entirely sure. Perhaps one of my nursing friends would be able to tell me what exactly this building is. Anyways, this is the picture for the day, I think it’ll be a fun week if the weather cooperates!
Matt picked the theme this week; ruins/abandoned/dilapidated. I convinced him to pop down and go for a shoot of the old Grace Hospital (I think that’s what this is). Other than some dude rocking a piss outside the building it was like anywhere else. I scaled a mountain of dirt in the lot alongside to get this perspective, and then processed it to emphasize the rundown nature of the building.
So in my trials and tribulations as an amateur photographer it was not a good day. I saw a picture today that I absolutely fell in love with. It was of the icebergs out by Cape Spear, with a full moon lighting them all up, I thought it was wicked sweet.
I had in my mind I would drive out to Fort Amherst and see if the icebergs were still there to get a few golden hour pictures. I make the trek out, set up my gear and bang - I realize I don’t have my memory card for my camera. That’s okay, I have a spare in my bag, wait a minute, my spare isn’t in my bag. Where the fuck would my spare card be, it has only one place to be….in my goddamn camera bag. So here I am out at Fort Amherst with all my gear, minus the one piece of equipment I need to actually take a photo.
Defeated, I head home, and decide I will come back again tonight and try and duplicate the picture that inspired my trek out there in the first place. I head back around midnight - with memory card in camera - and realize that I have no idea how this women produced such a fantastic photograph. I took a few photos of the moon and bergs, but was not satisfied with them at all.
So once again, I am defeated. I head back to my car and on the way I run into a fox, gnawing on a chicken bone in the middle of the road. At last, something I can take a picture of! I fumble around in my bag trying to get my camera out very stealthy, and by the time I actually get my camera out, the fox is long gone with chicken bone in tow. Man, I really suck at this photography thing.
In one last ditch effort I decide to go somewhere I’ve wanted to explore for some time, and try and get a snapshot of the city. I once again trek to this unknown place (without my flash light, probably not a good idea) I set up shop, and snap and few pictures, and this was the end result. I am really happy how this one turned out.
The texture of the water with the lights is cool, so there, it meets the theme. A new theme tomorrow, I gotta figure it out.