Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Artists Lounge "Anywhere"

The Kim Crawford Artists Lounge program is winding down to the final selections. I have made my second and last selection. The contributing member whose post I chose as my inspiration is one by member Joshuart titled "Anywhere".

The Artists Lounge is a forum of which members contribute their ideas and/or art to inspire the Artists in Residence(myself and three other artists) Works that were created by the Artists in Residence from the selected inspiration will be presented and given to the member for his/her personal collection.


Title - Anywhere by Joshuart (Robert Camba)
"Wherever you stand on the earth, be still and see. There is beauty anywhere. Even an abandoned industrial plant might have beauty in the patterns of light in shadow, iridescence in an oil-polluted puddle, or just the beauty of decay. You don't have to be on a mountaintop to see beauty".

Anyone who has known me for some time knows that I am fond of abandoned buildings, neglected structures, grunge and beauty in the least likely of places.
So, with that I headed out to one of the most attractive ugly places that I know nearby to find a diamond in the rough. Lots of wonderful textures and mysterious shapes and shadows and light. Also lots of Possums running about that I must have woke up as they don't get very much human company coming around. . .


The outside of the industrial warehouse.


Getting closer, the junk piled up outside.


Closing in. . .


the entrance


some inside views


more inside


more


view from the second floor platform


"I gotta thing for you" is one piece I isolated in the debris. I love the shape and textures and subtle color of this spot. Also the commentary is. . .amusing.


"broken glass" I like the stark contrast of the panes against the glowing panels of glass. Also, the various patterns in the wire inlay of the glass as well as the bit of iron grating outside through the cracked opening.Some subtle color glowing through behind some areas as well.


"industrial view" I thought this was intriguing in an eerie sort of way. The sharp jagged edges of the corroded window panes with pieces of glass still left hanging and then the various shapes,textures and color of the inerior below. This also is full of stark contrast which always catches my eyes.

The piece that I captured for Mr. Camba is one that i'm very proud of and is titled "Industrial Love". The title actually carries a double meaning as you will get to see in the spring at the Kim Crawford Wines Artists Lounge unveiling, where all the works that were created by the inspirations posted by selected contributing members, will be displayed.

25 comments:

Sheila said...

Thanks for the wonderful eye candy today Gary! I too love old dilapidated buildings. You would have made a fine detective having the keen eye to see, "I have a thing for you" amidst the dirt and debris. Then your real artistry comes out when you frame that broken window beautifully.

kyungmee said...

I love the write up here! One of my favorites is to visit old ruins and industrial sites! Very cool images also. I too feel that these sites give many different perspectives and vives that are constantly changing and reshaping as time goes by. I did a series on sheltersky called, gun emplacement and mortar battery..long series but I had much fun exploring the grounds!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Wow, love this series of photos! Especially as you got closer. I love the abstractions you've got.

Hilary said...

You're so right about the beauty of grunge. These are wonderful shots. I do especially like the rusted pipe. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. :)

Catalina Lemus Fett said...

An excellent work! It has the images and to detail what better than that?
A wonder ... I've always wanted to run into a place. I think there are remnants of history and life.

Greetings!

-Don said...

Excellent shots! You've captured the essence of this old building. It seems sad, yet proud. Great work! -Don

S H A M I L said...

Thank you Gary,it's an honor, I like your blog, very and very much inspiring,
greetings from Asia )

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow.... these photos look amazing!

slommler said...

Your photo series is beautiful. Love all the colors and the jagged edges. Wonderful!
Hugs
SueAnn

willow said...

Deliciously grungy. You got some amazing shots, Gary. Loved this.

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Wonderful photos Gary, what a great eye you have and very inspiring for me to get up off my *** and find some new subjects.

Cheers
Paul

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Wonderful photos Gary, what a great eye you have and very inspiring for me to get up off my *** and find some new subjects.

Cheers
Paul

Shattered said...

You are so brave! Abandoned buildings fascinate me but I have never gotten up the nerve to step inside one. Thanks for a fabulous peek inside!

DJ said...

Since these old structures tell a story, as visitors/recorders we somehow hope to understand, if not become a part of, that story...

Gary Keimig said...

Great posts Gary. You have made a seemingly disaster area an artistic presentation.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Did you climb that fence? ;)

Either way, glad you made whatever effort it took to get in. I LOVE that old rocking chair-- the shape, it's curves... flows like water. Beautiful.

And I'm so grateful, once again, to get to see through your eyes. I recently overheard someone say about me, "She sees beauty in the dambdest things!" (as I photographed salt crystals-haha). But, the same can definitely be said of you, and I'm so glad to get to glimpse the beauty you seek.

Eric Calabros said...

great shots.. but
you could go up and stand right near the series of broken windows (that you took the last picture behind one of them).. it would be a nice perspective.

Gary Heller said...

Thank you all for dropping in and for taking the time out to leave your thoughts. I really appreciate the feedback and it helps me learn as well.
Eric, its a great idea but those windows are up on the second floor other side with no where to stand outside.
I do have some plans here for a human element involved. . .

Shadow said...

your pictures are definately art. i'm glad i popped on by...

diane said...

This post is validation for me, and something very close to my heart. I have always been a firm believer in embracing the beauty in every thing, every moment.
Your photos are wonderful, and illustrate perfectly your point. Hugs. xo

Celandine said...

I loved the images but can you please tell
me that where is this junkyard situated.
If this is in USA the i would like to purchase it as i am looking to set up a
new industry.
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Julie Magers Soulen said...

These are wonderful Gary. My favorite of the outside is the second one. The colorful junk is a great focal point. I also love the close up of the window. The subtle colors are fabulous. Great work as usual. I can't wait to see what you come up with for Kim Crawford!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography
Blog of Note

nevin said...

An excellent shots..

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Great images, again. I love all the interesting stuff inside, like the pipe with the commentary. I loved the broken glass pic, too, with the wire shapes behind the glass that was glowing in the light.

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Ooooh what a fascinating place - I want to film there!