See you on the other side!

•July 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

Friends, Romans, Countrymen!  Oh, wait… wrong speech.  Oh yeah, now I remember.  My fellow Urbexians… It is with great pleasure, rather than sorrow, that I log this final post on this website.  Some of you already know, but for those who do not, I want to let you all know that I have moved to a new web address.  It’s still Exposed by the Light, but it’s BIGGER and BETTER!!  No longer am I constrained to such small photos on the blog, when my work is meant to be experienced bigly and boldly! What more could anyone want?  More content? Ok; I’ll work on that!  More frequent posts, no problemo!  So, why are you still here.  Get on over there to the new site and enjoy!!

And with that, the vault door closes… Well, not really CLOSES, but it represents closure for me.  You can always come back an check out the old posts here.  I just won’t be posting any new stuff here, so I guess I’ll see you on the other side!

What's behind door number 65?


the darkness of the music of the night

•July 4, 2010 • 4 Comments

So my favorite URBEX lens, the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, took a nasty tumble at Beelitz recently, so off it went to the Nikon Service Point in Berlin (and they have to send it to Düsseldorf for service).  It could take some time before my baby comes back to me, so in the meanwhile I am playing with my Nikkor 24mm PC-E (tilt/shift).  I’ve been wanting an excuse to broaden my repertoire, as it were, and this seems to have been the push I needed.  As many photographers know, shooting with a tilt/shift comes with a learning curve, and I have a long way to go!  What do I love about this lens so far?  The ability to easily shoot Vertorama’s (Vertical Panoramas) using the tilt/shift function (up and down).  Also, I love even lines, and this bad boy gives ’em in spades!  I also love the ability to shift the lens to bring really kill the depth of field where you want to keep things soft enough to really draw the eye where you want it to go.  Look for more tilt/shift work over the coming weeks!

the darkness of the music of the night

By the way, if you are wondering about the name of this shot, it was inspired by the “Phantom of the Opera”.  It’s what popped into my head while I was in the room all alone and hearing creepy sounds (like phantom footsteps) in a place where I knew I was alone!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

•June 27, 2010 • 4 Comments

I often find inspiration for my work in cinema or books of fiction(apocalyptic, horror, scifi, etc.).  At the moment I shot this, I was not sure what film or book I was going for, but I knew that once I got home and put on some proper music (in this case from the group Morcheeba), I’d get into my creative groove.  It’s actually interesting how the music I listen to while post-processing or shooting will influence how I work my image, though I usually do not listen to music when shooting (I need to be listening closely to the sounds of the creepy places I visit to see if I need to make a run for it).  Somehow, while listing to my tunes and post-processing, I found myself thinking about the classic German Expressionist film directed by Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari). That movement that produced that film went on to spawn two more classics: Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, and Nosferatu, by F.W Murnau. I think processing this shot with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in mind now gives me the motivation to try to come up with some pieces that recall Metropolis and Nosferatu. I think I might have a good candidate for the former, but know for sure I will need to come up with something special for the latter, Nosferatu.  For now, enjoy The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Wierd Science

•June 26, 2010 • 4 Comments

As many of you may know, I am always looking for “new” forgotten places to explore.  And, for obvious reasons, I prefer places that are in “good” condition — that is, as little graffiti as possible, and only damage caused by nature (or at the time the place was occupied).  You can imagine how pleased I was to be able to shoot in this cool abandoned science lab in the former DDR (East German).  I can only imagine the kind of potions old Erich Honecker — the last General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (now THAT’s a mouthful!) — mixed up in this place.  By the way, several tubes and vials still had liquids in them; I wonder if that’s why I feel dizzy now? 😉 Better run back there to see if I can find an antidote!

Wierd Science

Watching me, watching you…

•June 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m back again with a new update for you.  I shot this one early this morning at the forgotten Soviet hospital in the woods.  I had been planning to return to shoot there again, following my recent discovery of the site, but was not sure when I would get the chance.  Today was that day, though I had actually planned to visit with a buddy of mine, who, unfortunately, called for a rain check at 3:45 AM, about 15 minutes before we were to meet.  No problemo!  I went solo instead, since that’s usually how I roll anyway, when it comes to photography.  And, since I was up so dang early anyway, I was able to hit multiple locations!  Sweet!  If you follow me on flickr, you might recognize the surgical lamp in this shot, though the previous image was a totally different perspective and composition.  When I walked into this room this time around, I immediately felt as if someone else was in the building with me (sounds and all).  Needless to say, it was clear to me that at least one of my images from this location had to reflect the “feeling” of being watched.

Watching you watching me...

DON’T cut the blue wire!

•June 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I had actually planned to take a trip to a secret location about an hour’s drive from my home in Berlin, in hopes of “discovering” some new compelling URBEX subject’s to shoot.  As I only had the morning hours available for the shot, I had planned to be out of the house by 3:40 am, in hopes of shooting some twilight hour HDRs, as well as some sunrise (around 4:35am) shots.  Well… let’s just say things did not work out that way.  Instead, I ended up not leaving the house until 6 am, so I headed to Beelitz.  Once there, I decided to hit one of the buildings I had not yet explored, and I was not disappointed.  The place was the bomb (forgive the dated lingo, but I need right now), and this is one of the images I captured.  I can never remember: Do I cut the blue wire, or the green??

DON'T cut the blue wire!!

Ready for inspection, Sir!!

•June 15, 2010 • 2 Comments

Back again with another tasty shot from one of my visits to Beelitz.  If you’ve been reading my posts here on the blog, you know this is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially when I am short on time (it is only 30 mins from my home in Berlin).  As a matter of fact, I may hit this great place again this weekend.  I shot this particluar image back in April, but am only now getting around to posting it.  It was pretty cool to find this room, as I had not been expecting to find so much cool stuff lying around in the room.  All I had to do was arrange the elements in such a way that I imagined they would look interesting in my intended compositon and, voila!!  Hope you all like it as much as I enjoyed shooting, processing and presenting it to you.

Room ready for inspection, Sir!