We headed up to Ellicott City with the intent of checking out the abandoned houses that I've shot in a few times. Even though I've already seen them more than once, Steven puts me in a certain kind of mood that makes shooting different than with everyone else. I very much feel like I did when I started with photography: bewildered and humbled, while still being completely at ease. With Steven seeing these places for the first time, I too feel like I'm naive to these spaces, and it is such an invigorating feeling. Without gushing too much, I am so appreciative of the effect that Steven has quickly made on my life and my photography and I'm so excited for the stuff we'll come up with together in the future.
We had lunch at Bean Hollow, as I usually do in Ellicott City with whomever is accompanying me. I started mentioning an abandoned power plant directly across the street from the abandoned houses, and when I told him I had never gone in but always wanted to check it out, he enthusiastically suggested we go, even after I told him that it has always been guarded in the past. Yet another great thing about shooting with Steven, he's not particularly worried about getting in trouble.
We parked and walked over and we weren't the only ones roaming around taking photos. There's usually a security truck right in the parking lot by the road, but today, he wasn't there, and several joggers and bikers parked here to take the trails up into the mountains.
We just hopped down around a little fence by the water and got in easy.
Sneaking around the fence. Having shot with my AE-1 today and manual focus, somehow this is one of the few that came out in focus.
Just beyond the fence we snuck around. Except it wasn't really sneaking, it was just a minor inconvenience.
Fun little cubbies for the workers
Had to do one of these
My scanner got a little confused here, clearly
I also got Steven to model for me today, much more than the last time we shot together. He has kind of changed his opinion a few times but what I've concluded today is that he's like most people; he'd enjoy modeling but has pretty much no experience with it. Most people get a little shy or don't want to sound arrogant, they think saying "I should/want to/think I could model" sounds arrogant, but most people go in the total opposite direction and resist the opportunities. Steven didn't resist today but he was hesitant to get his clothes dirty, so definitely expect more portraits of Steven in the future when he's better prepared.
This week's film:
- 1 roll of expired Agfa Vista 100
- Shot on a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.8
- Hand developed in Jobo C-41, scanned with Epson Perfection V500