Abandoned: Gold Mine Pawn Shop

I found this abandoned pawn shop building near Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina.  The beautifully weathered paint and metal surfaces really caught my eye.

Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 2
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 2
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 3
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 3
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 4
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 4
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 5
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 5
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 1
Gold Mine Pawn Shop Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

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2016 Lost and Found IV, Bailey Power Plant, 5 pics

Back in early March, I posted several compositions of the old Bailey Power Plant in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.  Here are few additional compositions I didn’t get to. Demolition continues on the interior, the site is being renovated for commercial use – restaurants and specialty shops.

RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 2
RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 2

 

RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 3
RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 3
Bailey Power Plant Brick and Iron Abstract
Bailey Power Plant Brick and Iron Abstract

 

RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 4
RJR Bailey Power Plant West Side Composition 4

 

Bailey Power Plant Brick and Iron Abstract 2
Bailey Power Plant Brick and Iron Abstract 2

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2016 Lost & Found II, Color or BW?

I can’t seem to make up my mind on the best approach for this abandoned house on Hwy 158 near Belews Creek, NC.  Color or Black & White?  After basic image enhancements in Lightroom and Photoshop, the color version was processed in Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate vintage 1960 Kodachrome 25 slide film tonality.  I use this treatment for a lot of my abandoned/urbex color compositions.

Belews Creek Abandoned Home Composition 1_Color
Belews Creek Abandoned Home Composition 1_Color
The black & white version was also processes in Exposure 7, but this time to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  Again, my b&w go to for an extra dash of contrast and addition of old school analog grain.  As much silver and chemical I literally had my hands in during the 70’s and 80’s, I appreciate the accuracy of Alien Skin’s emulations.  In the future, when I’m breaking even with my photography, I may give film and photo-paper enlargements another go.  For now, I just don’t have the time.

Belews Creek Abandoned Home Composition 1_B&W
Belews Creek Abandoned Home Composition 1_B&W
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Season’s Greetings!

A Resting Place for Rusty Relics Pt1, 3 pics

Another one of my recent back-road finds, this relic graveyard located on Hwy 27 in Red Cross, North Carolina has much to offer the artist’s eye.  This first post features 3 classic cars from the 1950s – a 1955 Packard Clipper Constellation, 1959 Buick LeSabre and 1950 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe.

Packard Clipper and Buick LeSabre Composition
Packard Clipper and Buick LeSabre Composition

While researching the make & model of these old cars, I came across dozens of photos of fully restored versions of each.  The boldness of styling in their day can still be appreciated in both the restored cars and in these old relics.

55 Packard Clipper Constellation Hood Detail
55 Packard Clipper Constellation Hood Detail

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1950 Cadillac Series 62 Composition
1950 Cadillac Series 62 Composition

Abandoned Bel-Air Drive-In, 3 pics

Bel-Air Drive-In
Bel-Air Drive-In

Once an American icon, the drive-in movie theater is mostly a relic from our mid-20th century landscape.  Their demise is blamed on several factors, included is the exhaustion of cheap and “unlimited” space, the slow and steady decline of the middle class, the evolution of American car culture and the cost reduction & increased quality of home entertainment technology.  Today, like other abandoned buildings, they serve only as a canvas for graffiti artists.

Bel-Air View from Concessions
Bel-Air View from Concessions

I vaguely remember piling in my parent’s station wagon to see True Grit and The Parent Trap at our local Charlotte, NC drive in.  Ok, yes, I’m old.  Of course drive-ins are also a favored backdrop in movies from or about the 50s & 60s.  These image are of the abandoned Bel-Air Drive-In in Walkertown, North Carolina.  It was built in 1955 and survived until the year 2000.  In the image above, two spray paint cans remain on the concessions counter; left by previous site visitors.

Bel-Air Projection Room
Bel-Air Projection Room

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Finding Back Road Finds – 2 pics

 Like most photographers, I’m usually up for an opportunity to travel the back roads.  However, when accompanied by my wife and teenage sons, those opportunities become very limited. I can understand how boring it would be to sit in the car while I work a scene.  So, when I travel alone and have a fair amount of time, I look forward to taking the “road less travelled”.

Forgotten Country Store Sign
Forgotten Country Store Sign
I found this scene late in the afternoon on my way back from a recent trip to Charlotte.  Sometimes I can see a subject worth stopping for in the distance and can pull over as I approach.  More often, I’ll pass by and then quickly decide if the opportunity justifies the time and effort to turnaround and go back.  When in doubt, experience has taught me to err on the side of going back to work the scene.  Though usually dependent on the lighting, I rarely come away with compositions that don’t justify further consideration and post processing.
Forgotten Country Store Version 2
Forgotten Country Store Version 2

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