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Beauty in Decay


Beauty in Decay: A Flower Among the Ruins

Beauty in Decay: A photo series featuring Abandoned Decay and my young daughter as a flower among the ruins of an abandoned building.

My third time taking my daughter to this amazing old location in Upstate New York. I’ve been in contact with the landowners for a few years and they are always happy to grant us permission to come back anytime we wish.

The first year we went in 2014 I wasn’t sure what to expect, as expected she was afraid of every noise and would not leave my side for a second.  But I ended up with a handful of really nice photos that would end up placing in a photography competition a few years later.

Last year in 2016 we went with a post-apocalyptic/creepy theme, and those photos blew up, going viral all over the place.  For this years theme I really wanted to focus on her innocence as she is in a perfect phase between being a little girl and soon to be a teenager.  The theme this year was “Beauty in Decay”, allowing my daughter to contrast the decay with her youth, innocence and a really pretty dress!

She was a natural in front of the camera, I told her of the theme and I directed her to be lost, lonely and curious and from there I barely had to direct her.

I hope you like the series:

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My third photo series with my daughter.
I took her photo in this exact same spot three years ago and it is crazy to see what a little lady she has grown into in such a short time.
On our first visit to this building she was terrified and stuck to me like glue. This year, on our third trip here together she was much more relaxed and excited, and she was a natural in front of my camera.

 

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Beauty in Decay: A Flower Among the Ruin




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“Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.”
I waited and waited and waited for the moment that the sun would come out from the clouds and shine light down this opening in the roof of the Poorhouse, and my Tiny Dancer knew just what to do as soon as it happened!

 

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Mourning Dead Flowers

 

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Beauty in Decay, Let the Light Shine In
When I shot this scene of my daughter I had three variations of poses to pick from, but just kept coming back to this one.
Her curioslity of what is outside and her need to take in the light in such a dark place and the playfulness kept drawing me in.
So here is my selection of this scene from this photo series with my little girl.

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Beauty in Decay: Window Pain




 

 

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