Thursday, October 25, 2012
This past weekend, my husband and I went to some abandoned prison grounds near where we live. Part of the property has been refurbished into artist studios, but behind that there are still acres of property that sit abandoned and neglected. I absolutely love old buildings...they are in disrepair, their colors are fading, but in their old age they are incredibly beautiful. The peeling paint, the broken windows, the overgrown ivy...these things add richness and depth. There was even one building that was open so we went inside. It was a bit creepy and desolate, so I was glad to have my husband with me! I would never walk back there alone. I will share many more photos in the coming weeks as I edit them!
For this week's Photo Art Friday, the prompt was "derelict" and the timing was perfect with all these photos I captured. I worked on two photos...I thought I'd post both because I couldn't choose. For the first, which we think may have been a prison chapel, I used Bonnie's "Vintage Craquelure" texture at Multiply/100% and put the image through Radlab several times to change the sharpness, tones, etc (and using reverse layer masks to fine tune certain areas). I also used both the Posterize (Normal/65%) and Cutout (Normal/47%) artistic effects in PSE. For the second photo, I used Bonnie's "Age It" texture at Difference/100%. I also used the Posterize effect at Normal/44%. I then chose the Gradient Map (purple to orange) option at Difference/28%. As always, I finished up in Radlab to brighten/sharpen, etc.