When you photograph abandoned buildings, your working environment is often sketchy
I love making photographs of abandoned buildings! I love it so much I even published a book about it.
But abandoned buildings, by their very nature, tend to be found in the rundown and sketchy parts of town. Abandoned buildings are typically old, often pre-1900, which means they’re in older parts of cities that have fallen into neglect.
My approach when working in these areas is to just set up and make photographs like I belong there. Between shots, walking around, I do my best to remain inconspicuous, which is difficult when carrying a camera bag and tripod.
I never trespass and I’m always aware of my surroundings, even in the midst of composing shots. I usually work early in the morning, which gives me the best light and helps me mostly avoid people. While I generally work alone, it’s a good idea to have a companion present whenever possible.
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