Nick Vitale Photography | Steel wool and abandon buildings

Steel wool and abandon buildings

November 01, 2012

I have decided to start doing blog posts as a way to show my latest photography works. This will act as a place to see what I've been up to, in all areas of my photography, from photographing people, to wildlife, to all my little side projects in between. I also hope that I can provide a bit of a story to go along with the photos I post. I find that photographs that have a story are a lot more interesting.

 

So to start I want to go back and talk about one of my random side projects. I do a lot of random things to learn new techniques or try and replicate things I've seen elsewhere or to just try and see what I can come up with that's unique.  For this shoot I wanted to experiment with long exposures and steel wool. The idea is that you light the steel wool  on fire and then spin it around in circles on a string and sparks go flying everywhere.  I decided to combine the steel wool with a location I had been dying to use,  an old abandon rocket facility. Its a complex of abandon buildings and is several miles down an abandon road. It makes for a cool but slightly creepy place to explore, especially after dark which is when we had to be there to get the photos I wanted.

So we got there at dark and got some good photos. This photos came at the very end of the night, we found this big room and it had an extra creep factor; there was a couch and a mattress in the corner, where someone had clearly been sleeping. None the less the couch made for a cool element in the shot and it turned out to be the favorite from the trip.


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