Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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The Bell House

One of the many bells at the Bell House

One of the many bells at the Bell House

I am heading to NYC Today and then on Wednesday head to Portland and from there out to the Palouse.  In the Palouse I have a favorite location to shoot sunset from and it is the fields and rolling hills behind what I called the Bell House.   The owners of this home have passed away but the sons maintain it.  Great and really nice people.  I made a stack of photos to give them when we visit next week.

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A Little Strange

Mirror Effect In The Screw Factory

Mirror Effect In The Screw Factory

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  You be the judge.  I at least though it was interesting.  This was shot in some old abandoned screw and bolt factory.  It is really is old because we found a box with cancelled checks dating all the way back to 1953.  This places was downright creepy.   It was huge and it smelled bad.  I had a hard time finding something to shoot, so I got creative and did a double exposure.  Kind of works, i think?


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Shooting With My Best Friend

Debra

Debra

I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world.  I have been doing photography all my life and have had a great career doing it.  I have seen things, traveled to the most incredible locations and met some of the coolest people you’d ever want to know and meet.  I am also a lucky guy because back in February 2015 I married my best friend Debra in Antarctica.  She is a trooper and she loves photography too.  Wow, how lucky could one get.  She actually gets me, understand me and tolerates me with all my travels and everything photographic that I obsess about.  Yes, she is definitely the woman for me and she is a darn good photographer too.  She has an amazing eye and it’s fun to shoot with her because even though we are at the same locations we come back with totally different images.  Here is a shot of Debra shooting away at the Methodist Church in Gary, IN.


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Church Graffiti

Graffiti - Methodist Church, Gary

Graffiti – Methodist Church, Gary

This seems to be the year of finding some great graffiti.  Gary proved no different.  This was found in the abandoned Methodist Church.  This place was huge and incredible to shoot in.. I could have spent a whole day just shooting at this one location.  In the sanctuary I saw this graffiti on the wall and decided it worthy of a photo.  Shot with the iPhone.


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Inside The Gary Post Office

Stairs In Gary Post Office

Stairs In Gary Post Office

In addition to my big bot camera the Sony a7 II I was also shooting this past weekend with the iPhone using my favorite app Hipstamatic.  This app lets you configure the camera for certain styles and then applies them to shot you take.  I love it and the next three images were made using this app and doing double exposures.  One particular selection in the app called Salvator actually does the double exposure thing when the camera is shot,  Hope you enjoy these three images.

Catwalks and Skylight

Catwalks and Skylight

 

A Hallway

A Hallway


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Edison Homes

Edison Homes Version 1

Edison Homes Version 1

Gary being a steel city at one time flourished.  It was challenge building homes for all the workers at the mills.  Edison had a plan to make concrete homes.  This was tried in several cities.  Here are the Edison Homes in Gary in complete abandonment and disrepair. These home would have great in hurricane states.  Even today the structure is sound just the insides in ruins.  I shots these with a Sony 7II and decided to post process to look somewhat apocalyptic.

Version 2

Version 2


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An Odd Find

Inside The Old Gary Post Office

Inside The Old Gary Post Office

I spent Saturday this week in Gary, Indiana with my wife Debra and some other photographers exploring and photographing some of the abandoned building in Gary.  Gary is like a ghost town.  Very depressed and very sad to visit.  No matter where you go there are burnt out home, buildings abandoned by their owners and empty lots where homes used to be.  There are so many building that need to be torn down tat Gary can’t afford it.  As photographers we can explore some of these building and find some amazing things to photograph and only dream of what these places must have looked like in they splendor. This is kind of an abstract image with a curious painting of an eye I found in the old Gary Post office.

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