Sitting pretty

Dog Track Black Canyon City Arizona

We go back to the dog track from our December trip up to Black Canyon City (you can see all photos in the series here).

Again…one of my favorite things about the time we spent at this amazing, decayed and lost building…was the afternoon light. They aren’t solid, or in your face, but you can kind of see the shadows streaking from right to th left across the old, broken floor. In the foreground you can make out some square tiles that still remain intact, but most of them have fallen apart. In fact, you could hear cracking as you walked across the room where tiles broke solely from our footsteps.

I shot the image from a good 40-50 feet away I believe, using the 50mm to focus right on the chair off in the distance. I don’t think it takes much explanation to figure out why I loved this scene. Isolation is a key element in my compositions, be it urbex or storm chasing. Not always of course, but there is something beautiful about a singular object that is either different or somehow stands out from its surroundings.

(exif: canon rebel xsi, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.2, iso100)

  • Heath O’Fee

    Love that you decided to centre the chair in the frame. Great feeling of wide open space and isolation at the same time…very cool image.

  • Scott Wood

    Love it. Glad I moved that chair from out in the corner. 🙂 I need to go back and start visiting my images from that day, I have more I want to post, but haven’t had time.

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  • James Brandon

    Great shot Mike, I def. love the subtlety of the shadows coming i. I just can’t figure out if that graffiti shape to the right above the door is inappropriate or not 🙂

  • Mike

    Oh it’s definitely inappropriate 🙂

  • Justin

    Very cool comp. I love the distance you put into the chair. Nice work!

  • Chris Kenison

    Great shot, Mike!

  • Mark Garbowski

    The bottom half of this image looks like the surface of the moon. For some reason the page opened to the comments, and as I scrolled up to the image that’s what I thought of. The other thing I noticed is that even after I took in the whole thing it fooled me again. At first, I thought this was a shot taken outdoors, at night, with spilling out of an indoor room through the doorway. It took me a bit to figure out I had it all backwards.

  • Bob Lussier

    This shot rocks. Inappropriate Graffiti and all.