Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lost Prisoner in the abandoned asylum

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I know I have been slow to update the blog but I am trying to do some catchng up here. Lately I have been doing some Urbex (urban exploration) shooting and have hit some abandoned places and asylums here in New York State.

My friend Henry, who some of you may know from my past shoot with him, saw some of the locations and suggested we shoot his "lost Prisoner" character in one of the asylum buildings. He sent me some images of his character and needless to say I did not need an arm twisting to get me to head out there with him. Henry William Oelkers is a model/actor and man of a thousand faces. He is fantastic to work with and always brings it all to the set.

We shot these images in building 136 some of which can be found in a previous post here about my asylum adventures. All of these were shot in natural light except for "lost prisoner, out of RM 43" which was done with the help of a speedlite that I handheld over Henry to bring him out of the dark. I had forgot to throw my radio trigger in my bag and had to pop the flash manually during the .5 second exposure...took a few shots to time it right. We had fun with this.

During our shoot here I had heard footsteps in the hall outside the room we were in. I told Henry to hold on a second and let me take a look to see if we had compnay in this place. I poked my head out of the room just as two young photographers had been slowly walking up the hall and nearly scared the daylights out of them.

We later exchanged contacts and have been in touch since. Henry and I both wondered what would have happened if he had went to have a look and they saw his character emerge from the room.....


psychelyn said...

SUPERB! simply great photos. love the idea. congrats, this is extraordinary, i like it a lot believe it or not. i love photos that derive thoughts. it's gives my mind a journey.

Antonio Estevez said...

Hey Gary! I love these! I also would have paid to see the look on there faces if they would have run in Henry on their own. But then again, I am a devious man.

Gary Heller said...

Thanks for your comments and time.
Antonio, me too! lol

Catherine said...

These are so awesome Gary! Oh what an imagination. It reminds me of "Man in the Iron Mask". Very cool!

Oh my stars, could you imagine if those two young people stumbled across your friend Henry as he was? Haha!

Wishing you a fantastic week!
xo Catherine

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Great work by both of you. Henry's sad face in the last shot is awesome. I'm amazed they are all natural lighting except for the portrait. I'd have liked to watched you shoot that one. Even more, I would have liked if Henry stepped out of the room to encounter your two young friends. Ha!

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

kyungmee said...

Wonderful to see them here as well Gary! Trying to do a little blogging:))