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Patricksburg, Bloomfield, Elliston

Friday, April 6th, 2007

It’s been a while since I wrote about photography, even though we’ve done a fair amount of it lately. I’ve been doing more film photography lately, which makes it more difficult to post photos in a timely fashion. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a used Nikon N80 film camera. It’s actually pretty comparable to my D50 in terms of features — in some ways, it’s a bit more sophisticated, in some ways less. I still have my old all-manual Pentax K1000, and I love it, but this way, I can use the same lenses for both film and digital photography.

Back on March 24-25, Sarah and I did some photography near Cascades Park, a city park here in Bloomington. We found an abandoned industrial building there, next to the park, a creek, and a trailer park. I shot on slide film and had it cross-processed. Sarah also wrote about this shoot and Patricksburg. Here are a few shots from this outing.

Main entrance to the building

They should film the next “Saw” sequel here.

Carry me up when the sky blows out
The blown-out sky makes this lift look pretty surreal.

Wondering how we got here
Sarah amidst the rubble

Before we left, two little girls came over from the trailer park to play in this abandoned industrial building. A shirtless man (presumably their father) wasn’t far behind and took them back home.

The next day, we drove around for a while, heading west toward Spencer. After randomly driving around that area for a while, we ended up in a small town called Patricksburg. We drove through parts of town before stopping to take some photos. We passed some pretty scary-looking rednecks who obviously were wondering what we were doing there. I don’t get the impression this town gets much in the way of visitors; in fact, there were many abandoned buildings in the downtown area. In that way, it seemed a bit like a ghost town. There were satellite dishes on many run-down buildings. Personally, I’d forego the satellite dish and build a new wall, but then again, that’s just me. As we were photographing one building, one of the locals came up to us and asked what we were doing. We told him, and he said that building had been broken into three times. I assured him we were just taking photos. He was cool about it, if a little creepy. Some of these photos are digital and some are taken on slide film, Fuji Sensia 100 I believe (processed normally).

Dubois Bros.
We parked near this Dubois Bros. building. Many buildings in this state of disrepair had satellite dishes.

One of many
One of many abandoned buildings in downtown Patricksburg

I’m not sure whether the gas station was closed because it was Sunday, or simply abandoned.

Patricksburg Barn
The sign on this barn reads “Patricksburg”

Church II
This Church had some kind of insects swarming around its steeple

Coke versus Pepsi
Coke versus Pepsi

Broken Cross
Broken Cross. I don’t think the church was abandoned, but it was definitely in need of some TLC.

In the same basic area, we went to a small town called Elliston and found more cool buildings and some great rural scenes. These shots are all film, taken on Fuji Superia Reala 100. I really like this film. I did a few digital adjustments on these shots, more because of exposure mistakes on my part than anything wrong with the film itself.


Barns on a hill
Two barns

Rural Indiana tree

Calculate what you will or will not tolerate
This house was in pretty bad shape, the roof especially.

Meet me in back
Indoors meets outdoors

We also found an industrial area by some railroad tracks.

Lonesome end
Building and tracks

Choose what you will not see
Peeling paint

Sinking deeper
Light from under the tracks

Leaden grudges

Jones & Sons
Jones & Sons

5 Responses to “Patricksburg, Bloomfield, Elliston”

  1. furiousball Says:

    Wow, these are some really cool shots. What the fuck is wrong with Indiana though, don’t you people take care of anything out there? I’m going to introduce a new word in your vocabulary – paint.

    Just kidding, there’s plenty of beaten up houses in Jersey, you can find them if you unearth them from our piles of garbage.

  2. John Says:

    Ha! The above post is funny. I’m thinking abandoned buildings inspire your photography. You do have a good eye for them. Very different.

  3. MRMacrum Says:

    “Tree” and “Broken Cross” were my favorites. Especially “Tree”. All good shots though. Nice pictures.

    Your mentioning of the dishes is interesting. Up here in Maine we have our fair share of “shacks with a dish”.

  4. corky Says:

    Cool Pics. Pretty depressing though.

  5. Fritz Says:

    Very nice photography. The lack of vapor recovery equipment on the gas pump looks “odd” to me 😉

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