Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

The open door by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

November 2021 - The open door

November 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

The Open Door

Taken in Cairo, Illinois, the same town as the gate entered a couple of months ago. This is an abandoned building on main street. I liked the vines around the door, and that you could see something in the building, through the doorway. It was taken with my Olympus E-M1 Mark III and
Olympus 14-150mm lens at 72mm, 1/25 second, f8 and ISO 200. I did open up the shadows some in Camera RAW and then converted to mono in NIK Silver Effect Pro, but do not remember the filter.

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14 comments posted

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I like it as a "starter." I believe it would be stronger if there were to be more of something inside the door. Of course, having it open does cause the viewer to ask the question "I wonder what's inside?" and "Who used to go in there and for what purpose?"   Posted: 11/06/2021 18:56:53
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I could have brought out more of the dark area in camera Raw, but wanted to leave it mysterious.   Posted: 11/06/2021 19:01:08
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I understand and can see the benefit of what you've done.   Posted: 11/06/2021 19:15:39

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Good idea to keep it mysterious. I really like the door hanging there askew. That completes the image for me.   Posted: 11/08/2021 15:48:16

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I also like the mystery of this doorway. Why was the building abandoned? How long ago?
I would be tempted to increase the contrast on the foliage to make it stand out more-or increase the structure in Nik. Sepia can often reduce the contrast and needs to be popped back selectively across the image.

I would have been beside you taking this photo too.   Posted: 11/25/2021 06:15:24
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
There are a lot of abandoned buildings in Cairo, Illinois. There are also some nice buildings remaining, but it is considered a "ghost town" because the population has gone down so much. This building is on the main street, which is a major highway going through town. Attached is an image of the front of the building.   Posted: 11/25/2021 08:08:35
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
What a shame-a lovely old house just allowed to go to rack and ruin. Why has the population decreased so much?   Posted: 11/25/2021 08:15:03
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It was a busy city before and during our Civil War (1860's) and a port city where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers converge. Also a manufacturing center. It also became a railroad hub and had a lot of people working to ferry goods across the Mississippi River. That ended when a railroad bridge was built across the Mississippi a few miles north of Cairo. The city was in decline and had a bad criminal element and racial problems. People and businesses just moved away.   Posted: 11/25/2021 08:36:50
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
It might be a place for someone looking for inexpensive real estate?   Posted: 11/25/2021 11:27:04
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
But these look to have been beautiful houses. As I said -such a shame.   Posted: 11/25/2021 14:09:15
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
yep.   Posted: 11/25/2021 21:47:52

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is an image I would have taken as well. I agree that keeping the image darker adds to the feeling of mystery - the viewer asking what's inside and the story of the people that lived here when the house was alive. Some additional contrast would perhaps accentuate the foliage and texture of the old wood, but overall this is a good capture although somewhat sad. Seems as though this was a grand house at one time long ago.   Posted: 11/26/2021 08:32:20

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
You've composed this image beautifully. For me the sepia toning is okay, but I think this image could be even more powerful in black and white to help emphasize even more the chipping paint. It seems these old buildings would be a magnet for crime and possible homeless populations, so I'm a bit surprised the city hasn't insisted they be torn down.   Posted: 11/28/2021 23:35:11
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Its a shame they can't be used to house homeless people as presumably they are still connected to water supplies if nothing else. Surely a building with a roof is preferable to a tent on a pavement. Or could they be upgraded somehow and used for immigrants desperate for shelter. I suspect they aren't anywhere where they would be useful nowadays because the economy of the area has disappeared but they are being wasted. Or do I have too simplistic a view of the housing market and immigration problems?   Posted: 11/29/2021 04:28:37