Shards

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I keep finding images from our dog track visit back in December that I haven’t processed, so I took a bit of time this week to blaze through a few.

I love this place. The scene above was so indicative of the current deterioration of the structure. It was also interesting how all these foreground seats were places on the outside of the facility and now it’s almost like the entire place is “outside.”

The first thing we talked about when we got near the windows was that we should all steer clear of them…because those shards aren’t just small bits of glass, but huge pieces that I would assume could take your head off if they dropped directly on you.

I automatically had a desire to stand next to and look through these windows, so I had to make sure I kept reminding myself to keep away.

This scene has a very post-apocalyptic feel to it for me. Chairs falling in disrepair, vegetation growing all over, the fact that everything just feels out in the open now. At one point in my life (and it may still happen), I had planned on writing a book that would take place in a future where people hadn’t really lived on the planet for a couple hundred years.

Things would likely be way worse than this, but it might be a scene I’d use to describe the way things were.

(exif: canon rebel xsi, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/5, iso 100)

  • http://www.rav3nstudios.com Chris Nitz

    This looks like the beginning to a good apocalypse or zombie movie. I love it!

  • http://www.nabzphoto.com John Sotiriou

    I’ll put $20.00 on #2 to show! Great catch.

  • http://brianmatiash.com Brian Matiash

    Excellent choice of framing, Cranky. Love the shadows being cast by the seats in the front right row.

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Love the comp, love the processing. What an awesome place to shoot.

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Don’t think I remember seeing one guy produce so much goodness from a single location, except maybe Lussier and the mills. This is a great series.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Place still produces great images! The shapes created by the broken glass are priceless!

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Straight out of a movie set! Wow, Mike, I really love this. I totally find the beauty in decay like you’ve captured here, and this might be my favorite shot from your studio of the track here. Great work, my friend!

  • Mike

    Thanks so much guys, truly humbled by some of your responses. When we got there, I was so excited that I think the first 45 minutes or so I took crappy images and was just on overload. I settled down and starting looking at things differently and I think ended up walking away with some of my favorite work.

    If you missed any of the rest of the series, here is a link to the tag for the rest:
    http://www.mikeolbinski.com/tag/dog-track/

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great shot! Love all the broken glass!

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    I love the broken glass, and how it looks like a maze inside. Awesome capture!