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“Remnants From Our Past”

From Past to Present

From Past to Present

 

In the past 2 months I had a very rewarding experience to do some photo shoots with Matt Christopher. Imagine being able to go up into an attic and rummage through books and objects from past eras that you grew up in… that is how it felt to me. The three places I visited below, brought back this deja vu type of experience to me. Looking through the lens and bringing back past life events, seemed very real to me at the time. Each room or object had a story that I hoped could be awakened through my compositions. I divided my visits into three sections that would represent each place visited.

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Mack Attack

Mack Attack

 

The first was an abandoned slate mine. I had visions of going deep into the earth of the actual mine, only to be slapped back to reality when our guide explained that all the water from the winter flowed down into what looked like a football sized shaft, no tunnels or rails down into the earth… still frozen. The exploring of what was left, provided many vignettes of the past… from machinery and patterns of rust, to the left over slate mine just yards away.

 

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Final Curtain

Final Curtain

The next chapter, from this ‘blast back to the past’, was found not far from where I live… an old theater in the city. Trying to find parking in an area that has not seen the best of times in quite a while, proved an adventure in itself. What struck me, from the minute I entered, was how colorful this place was. It still had more than enough dirt, dust and cracks to keep me entertained for the rest of the day. The back stage was a favorite of mine, as just looking out to the seats one could easily envision a packed house for the opening night of a movie. Exploring the rooms was a real treat, especially the projection room. ‘Whoa’, did that bring back memories of my being a projectionist back when film was shown on 20 minute reels and you had to switch from one projector to another.

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The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass

Last in my odyssey of reliving the past, proved to be my most creative… an immense lace company in the middle of a steel town. The sheer size was evident when I was given a map and cell number in order to reach both the guide and our instructor. We were told to buddy up in order to lessen our chances of getting lost…. well 10 minutes in and we were both lost. The many levels and pass-throughs, some blocked and others just passable, proved both exciting and frustrating. To give you an idea of just how large this place is…. it had its own bowling alley and gym, complete with a stage for its workers. Creating in this environment was a joy, from the large open rooms to reflecting pools of perfectly calm water, it seemed to bring back both the echoes and activities of days gone by.

Each of these venues not only let me chronicle my explorations but to also bring back a memory of my past… reawakened through the lens and somehow brought back to life… truly unforgettable on so many levels.

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25 responses

  1. elmediat

    Tremendous post. Easily could have divided into separate posts for each location and each would be just as great. The compositions are vivid & dramatic. I found the shots of the theatre marquee & projectors especially haunting. New media technology takes the old media and turns them into content. I coined the term necro-media to describe this process.

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    February 3, 2015 at 12:43 am

  2. Mike, this is an amazing collection of photos. You are lucky having this opportunity. “The Looking Glass” is one of the very best photos from abandoned places I have ever seen. Great work!

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    November 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • I also feel in love with that pic… being there and seeing the still reflections was as beautiful as it was mindblowing… many thanks for the comment!!!!

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      November 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

  3. Incredible Mike! Instantly, I had that feeling of excitement that you get when entering into one of these properties- Thanks for bringing us in on the tour! I cannot even pick my favorite property- but I would have to say… The old theater would raise an eyebrow 🙂 Wonderful post Mike; I only wish I could have been standing right beside you!

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    June 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

  4. Mike what impresses me most about this set of images is that your approach is different for each location. The result is an amazing set of images. Each stands on its own as an amazing photograph, but together they fulfill your goal of telling the story of these places from our past.

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    May 31, 2014 at 6:55 am

  5. Linda Kamholz

    Great set of images, Mike. Beautifully composed and processed — well done!

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    May 29, 2014 at 6:12 am

  6. Walt Piotrowski

    Pic’s r GREAT – MOVE OVER “ANSEL ADAMS”

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    May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  7. BRAVO Mickey!!! You know I love this kind of stuff and you do a MOST EXCELLENT job from your framing choices through processing. If I could only pick one it would be ‘From Past to Present’ … all the rest are my second favorites! I think I’d like to want to take a workshop with Matt too!

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    May 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  8. Great post and images, Mike!!! The projection room bought back memories from my childhood as well. My daddy and godfather (RIP) where in the film industry.

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    May 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    • Wow… I just knew we were related somehow… big thanks for the visit Susan.

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:08 am

  9. Wow. Phenomenal shots. I think my favorite is the truck. Love old trucks. Keep up the great work!

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    May 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    • So my MACK attack moved you… glad to hear it!!!!!

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

  10. Wow. A trifecta of terrific imagery. What an incredible opportunity.

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    May 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • As you know Dan…. when it comes up ya just have to shot it… big thanks!!

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

  11. Wonderful images of course! The Lace Mill was something special. Wish I was there shooting with you.

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    May 28, 2014 at 7:50 am

    • Me tooooo… that was my fav also.

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

  12. ur pics are always amazing buddy..

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    May 28, 2014 at 6:13 am

    • So is your writing… many thanks for the comment.

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

  13. I felt utterly enthralled by each sections. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 28, 2014 at 3:28 am

    • Thanks Dianne…. love to share!!!

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      June 11, 2014 at 7:03 am

  14. Mike- I love your images. Very thought provoking and photojournalistic. Great theme. What software did you use for your post processing?

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    May 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    • Hey Jan… thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I use LR5 and Nik software… ColorEFX, Silver EFX and HDR EFX… all NIK products.

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      May 28, 2014 at 1:23 am

  15. awesome images!!! WOW

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    May 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm

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