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Archive 2012 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

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p.1 #1 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

Used to be a hotel in the Catskills called the Grossinger. It was boarded up in the '50s.

Nowadays, security's light, and the decay of the place is breathtaking. A true time-capsule.

Perhaps I'm trivializing it here (as a too-elaborate set-piece), but man was it fun to shoot -- something creepy and surreal everywhere you look. Hopefully that shows through:







A few static scenes:





Comments, criticisms, etc. always welcome.


Edited on Jul 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM · View previous versions

Jul 26, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #2 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

I'd like to find a similar place near where I live #2 and #5 are the best of the bunch.

I think the combination of the background and the pose in #2 make it a bit unflattering to her (dark waist area).

Thanks for posting!

Jul 26, 2012 at 09:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series


First...my standard intro to anyone "new" to me on this forum...
My comments or suggestions below are not a criticism of you, your model, your talent or skill. I offer them in a friendly tone of voice and with the sole intent to help you with a second POV and set of eyes. If you read sincere questions and simple suggestions as "criticism" of you, then you will miss how I am trying to help you.

Of course this may be your own "style" or your own "vision" and I suppose we can assume that the images look just like they do because that is exactly how you like them. That is OK too. It just shows that there are differences of "opinion" on what looks good. IF these are exactly what you want and like, then by all means continue making your images look like that and have fun doing it. As I always say: "Follow your own muse."

Unusual settings (places) can make for unusual photos.

I generally like BW images.

I also enjoy seeing photos in a series, and particularly like to see how a human fits into a place.

However, in this case, while I looked at all the shots, I was struck by these thoughts:

1. "I have seen this kind of work so many times before."

2. "Looks like little effort was made to see the unusual, or make unusual photos of this unusual place."

3. "Girls(s) looks bored and seems to be just standing/sitting there for photo."

My Simple Suggestion: Go beyond not JUST the "no trespassing" signs, but also beyond what countless high school kids and college photography students have previously photographed at an abandoned building.

On second thought...obey the "no trespassing" signs.

But, find a way to express more of the place and more creative use of the humans in the place.

I hope these comments help you.

Jul 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
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p.1 #4 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

Honestly, the photos of the models don't stir me, but the site REALLY piques my interest. I'd love to see a layout of photos of the place. Very interesting.

That said, there are probably some interesting shots waiting to be taken there with models.

Jul 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
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p.1 #5 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

I think your timing is a bit off. My family used to go to Grossingers in the very early 60's and I believe my brother went there in the 70's, though it had changed quite a bit by then. It was quite an elegant place, tie and jacket required for dinners (even the kids) and sit down meals three times a day. I actually met Jackie Robinson there and shook his hand - they used to bring up celebrities to mix with the guests.

Grossingers was always considered the "family" resort - smaller and more intimate than The Concord which attracted bigger stars. Grossingers was the epitome of the borscht belt.

Jul 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

Grossingers is an amazing place, almost seems doing portraits there is a distraction from the real jewel which is the now run down hotel, alot of art can be made of that old place although thats not to say you shouldnt try portraits there, just maybe if your unfamiliar to them.

Jul 28, 2012 at 05:07 AM

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p.1 #7 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

The PP is pretty decent. The model in that place, makes it all feel a bit creepy to me. #3 is a miss IMO. She looks very awkward.

Jul 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM

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p.1 #8 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

Thanks for the feedback y'all. Guess I'll try harder next time.

Jul 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
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p.1 #9 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

I think #4 is a bet of a winner actually. Enough simplicity and background interest to make it worthy of a print on the wall.

Jul 29, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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p.1 #10 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

I think all of the criticism is a bit to sharp. These photos are not museum ready, but they hold a lot of promise. A great setting, a beautiful and willing model and a capable photographer. All that is missing is a story to tell.

#4 and #5 show real promise with the model becoming more involved in the environment.

What about your model having a martini in the chair in #8 or dressing your model in some 1950's era clothing and play out an elegant scene in the broken environment. It might be a little cliche, but it wold tie your model into the environment and tell some kind of story. Could be a story of heartbreak, or waiting on her lover, or the last one at the party.

I think that you are onto something good here.

Jul 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM

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p.1 #11 · Abandoned Hotel: A (B/W) Series

Appreciate the suggestions. But in case it's relevant, maybe I should clarify: my friends (pictured) and I weren't there to make images. We went to explore. The shots are candid -- more FPJ (friend photo-journalism) than model-shoot.

That's not meant to defend the pics. Just to give a bit of additional context.


Jul 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM

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