On every trip I make to Svalbard, I make a point to visit a place called Pyramiden. It’s an abandoned Russian Coal Mine City. The place is fascinating as it looks like one day they just closed the place and everyone left. I am working on a book and portfolio of this place. This image was one of those compositions that caught my eye. As you may know if you follow my posts I am very big into rust and abandoned things. The Russians are trying to clean up this place and they are tearing out pipes, wires, and such and all of this has just been left to rust in giant piles. Look for more from this place in the future.
Rust, rust, rust . . I love rust and especially the rust of Antarctica. This photo was made on Deception Island in Antarctica. I have been working on a whole series of rust in Antarctica and it will be part of an upcoming article where I share my different rust images. I liked this one with the ladder and graffiti. Funny to see graffiti even in Antarctica. Photographed with a Sony a75iv and 100-400mm zoom lens.
Nature has patience. And, with all my travels I have seen many times how nature reclaims what is here. Whether it be a Forrest devastated by. fire, an abandoned house or rusty and rotting machines. Mother nature always wins. She has immense patience. In this image, I was walking through a train yeard looking for abstract photo opportunities. I stopped at this one train car and found this. A small but of a plant of some kind growing in the rusty dust form the boxcar door of this train. Nature always finds a way.
I am always looking for the picture in the picture. This is a photo of an old beached boat on a beach in Svalbard. What I like to od is shoot the picture of the larger subject (the boat) itself then go in close and start to look for new compositions. Sometimes I use a long lens like the 100-400nn lens. In this shot, I saw the bow of the ship as it’s own abstract photo. I moved back a bit and zoomed in with the telephoto lens to compress the image a bit. Then I shot it. At first, if you see the images you might not know what it is. This forces the viewer to stop for a minute to figure it out. Some people may not even figure it out. I like this subject as it has a lot of things I like, such as rust and peeling paint. Enjoy.
As I have said many times, there is no better place to shoot rust than in the polar regions. This is from a whale oil tank on Deception Island in Antarctica.
I’m in Punta Arenas now (Jan. 31st) getting ready to fly out to Antarctica for a trip going south of the polar circle. It’s a great trip and one always full of surprises. while in Punta Arenas I like to vsit two different areas, the water front and the grave yard. This was done on the waterfron abouta. mile outside of town. This ship must have grounded itself there many years ago as each time I come here it is still here.
I shot this iamge from the top of the hill with a long lens to get a tight shot. I love shooting tight and seeing the world in a different perspective.
Ladders are cool. Back in my firefighting days, I was the first to line up to climb ladders. The 50 foot and 100-foot ladders were the best. I’m not or maybe when I was younger wasn’t afraid of heights. I now have a slight fear of heights. Maybe because I have gotten a tad smarter in my old age. These ladders were shot on Deception Island, Antarctica. They are attached to what were old Whale Oil tanks. There is something about the repeatability of pattern and of course the rust that works for me in these images.
On my visits to Santiago, Chile I usually make it a point to arrive a few days early so I can spend a day shooting in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a coastal town about 2 hours away from Santiago. You can hire a car fo the day and take a tour of this city built on a hillside. The attraction is all the graffiti. It’s a city of Graffiti art and there are some incredible places to photograph. On my last trip there I had lunch at a small cafe and out the window of the cafe, I saw the scene above. I love rust and I really liked the story the photograph told. A lot can be interpreted by viewing this image. What do you see?