My yearly round up this year is not based solely on a bunch of photos I took all year, it's also about experiences, stories and some of my favorite shots., I've also got a handful of individual shots that I've taken that stand out for various reasons. I imagine most explorers and photographers might have, for lack of better term, a "bucket list" of types of shots they would love to take or scenes to capture. I have many of them and finally this year I was able to get some of those checked off.
Back in January my exploring partner RiddimRyder Photography and I took a trip to New York State for the day, we had a solid list of locations lined up, one of those locations was an old abandoned nursing home, and inside that nursing home there is an old dentists office, with the creepy as shit dentist chair still there.
This is one of my bucket list shots - a creepy as hell dentists chair in room full of decay and dust. The nursing home was huge and we had a lot to cover before we would find the dentist office, we knew where it was but we decided to save it for last. It was a bitter cold January morning but we didn't care, the adrenaline and the rush of exploring was enough to distract us from the numbness in our fingers!
After spending a good 2 or 3 hours exploring and shooting from the roof down to the basement we finally came to the pitch black main level, with its thick stale air and blacked out windows, we knew the dentists office was down here somewhere. I knew we had found it when I heard Riddim yell "FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKKK".
Since he found it first, he shot it first and I didn't even bother going to see it yet, I loved the anticipation.
Finally he was done and I went for my turn, the room was literally pitch black, good thing I came prepared with a few flashlights. I tried many different angles and ways of directing the light.
I probably took about 15 shots of the room in total but at the end of the day I think I like this one below the most, a low angle shot I had to get right down in the dirt and tuck myself way back into a corner as tightly as I could to get the whole chair, the tray and the X-Ray machine in the frame.
You can read about the whole experience and see the rest of the shots on my website: http://www.freaktography.com/abandoned-nursing-home-2/
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