Terry Palmer  

Untitled by Terry Palmer

July 2024 - Untitled

July 2024 - Terry Palmer


About the Image(s)

Matthew Christopher offers access to abandoned sites through his Abandoned America outings. He occasionally will offer a Leap of Faith where you sign up not knowing the location, what kind of structure, or what the condition is. I signed up for this outing that was about 5 hours away in an area north west of Philadelphia. The outing turned out to be Lynnwood Hall in Elkins Park, an amazing building, and it is in amazing condition. A group has purchased this property and is in the process of restoring it. About $20k of the income from the outings was donated to their non-profit. For this outing, I acquired an inexpensive fish-eye lens (Rokinon 8m f/3.5) that I used on the Z7 for this shot. Other than the warm afternoon light and green carpet on the stairs, the room is pretty much black and white tones. I used NIK Silver Efex Pro 3 for the B&W conversion, as well as photoshop dodge / burn, mid tone contrast boost etc.

2 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Terry, this outing concept sounds fascinating, I wish we had something like that, too. - I think that you have certainly made the most of the fish eye: in addition to a full view of the magnificent hall, there is a lovely surrealistic quality from the perspective distortion. It looks like the checkerboard floor is only waiting for Alice and the Queen of Hearts. I think that black-and-white is a perfect choice.   Posted: 07/11/2024 09:01:30

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I fully agree with your choices of the fisheye lens and the conversion to B&W. Because of the strange shapes, the stairs, and the multiple squares, I immediately thought of an M.C. Escher drawing when I saw your picture, although in this case it's a "possible" world. Everything works well and I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 07/11/2024 21:34:31


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