I've taken a break from my Abandonment Photography series. I felt like I needed to take a step back and evaluate what I've captured so as to better focus on where I want this project to go. I would like to move forward with renewed vision.
I went through all of my abandonment pictures and set aside all of the ones that I thought were good. That ended up being 62 color images (and even more black-and-white, but we'll get to that in part two). I was able to narrow that down to 34 photographs pretty quickly, but I wanted to study only my very best--my absolute favorites. So I made some tough cuts and made a final list of 25, which are below.
What I'm doing is taking a longer, more critical look at my favorite abandonment photographs in an attempt to understand what makes them good and how I can make even better images in the future. What is it about them that I like? What could I have done to improve them? What are the good points and the flaws? What is the genius and what are the mistakes?
This exercise will hopefully prove beneficial. I think that being self-critical is an important element for the artist photographer.
While I'm studying the 25 photographs below, feel free to offer your own critiques. What photograph is your favorite? What is your least favorite? What about the photograph do you like or not like? Don't be afraid to leave a comment at the bottom of this post, even if it is negative.
Take your own look at my favorite color abandonment photographs. I hope you enjoy what you see.
|From The Past - Mojave, California|
|Abandoned Boot - Mojave, California|
|Old Life, New Life - Victorville, California|
|Sunset Through The Broken Glass - Victorville, California|
|Hot Kitchen - Goodyear, Arizona|
|X - Mojave, California|
|Rusted Bolt - Loraine, California|
|Tired Window - Loraine, California|
|Water Storage - Rosamond, California|
|Torn - Mojave, California|
|Keep Out The Sun - Tehachapi, California|
|Better Days Behind - Tehachapi, California|
|Forgotten Folding Chair - Cuddy Valley, California|
|Fleeting Glimpse - Cuddy Valley, California|
|Old Broken Hinge - Mojave, California|
|Dips In Pavement - Mojave, California|
|Remnant Chair - Mojave, California|
|Do Not Disturb - Mojave, California|
|Andrea's Room - Newberry Springs, California|
|Hall Loves You - Newberry Springs, California|
|Lazy River Bend - Newberry Springs, California|
|The Comfortable Chair - Mojave, California|
|Broken Heart Mug - Mojave, California|
|On The Moon - Mojave, California|
|Seat Unused - Mojave, California|