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Urban Decay

Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

I’ve been interested in this relatively new field of photography called urban decay. There are many great photographers who seek out abandoned spaces and who specialize in capturing the latter moments of a building’s life before its complete demise. And the better photographs can only be described as “hauntingly beautiful,” a term best suited to this genre.

On recent trip to Tennessee, I found a great spot at an old factory to practice taking a few pictures in this style. As much as any other type of photography good light is essential, but also trying to capture and highlight the decay in an effective way, to evoke aspects such as waste, former glory, loneliness,  imagination, and beauty in an overlooked landscape, is equally important.

Here’s a few of my tries–click on a picture to see it full size–I would love to hear what people think.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Nighttime photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

What conjures more imagery in an urban environment than a brightly lit theater at night? Notes Of Light Photography would like to submit these photos of the beautiful Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga for the weekly theme of street life.

Although the Tivoli Theater resides not only on a prominent spot on Broad Street but also in the hearts of generations of Chattanoogans, the scene depicted is easily recognizable from our own memories and could be from any city we imagine.

These shots were taken at 4/10 of a second at f7.1 for the image with the blurred car, and 1/50 of a second at f2.0 for the image with the pedestrians.

Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Street photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Photography by Notes Of Light, AtlantaTaking an photo from a previous post, I turned it upside down, did a little editing, and now submit it for the weekly photo challenge for the theme of reflection. Now I see the image in a brand new way, heavy with symbolism, while before it had been more of a conceptual piece.

Besides having an M.C. Escher quality, to me the photograph is a reminder that man’s quest through life is not only a physical one, but also a spiritual one, as well.

With the normal image having been flipped vertically, the figure’s reflection becomes more prominent over the actual physical figure. A figure can’t exist without a producing a reflection, and a reflection can’t exist without a physical figure; although the figures are inherently the same, now the emphasis has been shifted in our minds to put the reflection foremost.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Perspective can make all of the difference in photography and that makes this week’s photo challenge so very appropriate.

If you are a photographer, what do you want the viewer to see? By cropping you control the emotional tone of the photo. Only showing particular elements can completely alter the story or lead the viewer to make assumptions that might not be true.

A photo of a violinist’s face grimacing without showing the instrument he’s playing is — a man in pain? A close-up of someone running, is he being chased or — at a track & field event? A detail shot of a horse’s rear-end is really — a girl shoeing a horse (scroll down to see the cropped and uncropped entry photos side-by-side)…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Hello everyone, I’m entering my first photo challenge with this post on the theme abandoned.

Just this past weekend I discovered an old house that has seen better days, and I chose four shots that show the place in detail. All were taken in color and then converted to monochrome in post-processing.

Finding, seeing, and photographing old houses is one of my favorite hobbies so I’m excited that Notes Of Light gets to take part in this photography challenge, especially as it is my first one here on WordPress.