A lot of discovery and recognition has been stirring in the underground world of Abandoned Photography. The niche subject matter has piqued the interest of Adirondack Life Magazine who was kind enough to interview me last spring about my photographic adventures for an article in their current Sept./Oct. Issue. The feature story, “Abandoned Adirondacks. Finding Beauty in Decay” , included very fitting quotes about my explorations, a brief background of my Adirondack adventures with my soon to be 90 year old vivacious grandmother, and nine of my photographs from inside the Adirondack Park. I am both humbled and proud of the fact that after only a year of forging on with photographing this unusual subject matter, I have become a published photographer. Knowing that a hobby turned small business has been so well received by the professional and public eye has only fueled my desire to expand my radius of abandoned locations and finding a way to keep on snapping.
I believe the unique photographic motif of derelict locations has really taken off with the masses for two reasons:
1. The off limits environment of an abandoned location is taboo and voyeuristic.
2. A rare and unique backstory breathes life into a haunting image.
For those who enjoy a storied past or a good Hardy Boys adventure, following the abandoned explorer is peek inside a path less traveled that may lead to a tale rarely told or a ghastly horror story (hopefully not about the photographer). I like to think that as an Urban/Rural Explorer, I’m an industrial archaeologist, uncovering the historic background of a place that was once thriving with every photo I take and allowing the viewer to imagine a time that once was. Other times, I just like what I see and I have to take a photo of deteriorating ruins with plans to research and uncover it’s story at a later time.
I’ve always been a visual person. I prefer films over books and learn by doing. By combining photographs with the written word, it has allowed me to bring people on more than just a photographic journey this past year. When you know the story behind the image, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a time when a now crumbling building was once a booming business, a productive factory, or a family filled home. This is why I am also happy to announce my new Website where you can seamlessly explore alongside me by following my blog, clicking through my photograph portfolio, and visiting me at upcoming vendor events.
After bookmarking the new and improved Pretty Patina Photography website, be sure to pick up your copy of the Fall issue of Adirondack Life magazine at your local Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens. The hard copy features many more photos than the online article, and you would be remiss if you didn’t grab a physical copy of this beautiful publication featuring poignant articles and gorgeous photos of the breathtaking Adirondack Park in upstate New York.