Anonymous asked: What are you planning to do when you finish your 365 photo project? Your photographs are so awesome I don’t want you to stop posting photos daily!!!
I have another big project planned right after! I am so excited about it, I’ll probably announce it in a couple weeks, so definitely look out for it! I won’t be able to post images quite as often during my new project, but it might be an even bigger challenge than my 365
Anonymous asked: If you're the person in the picture then who's taking the picture? If someone else is taking it then why do you call yourself a photographer? You're just the model
Haha yeah… I am alone whenever I take self portraits. I use a tripod and a remote timer. I set the camera up on the tripod, focus, adjust settings and take test shots until I’m comfortable, then I shoot, readjust if necessary, and repeat until I get the shot. I think its kind of funny that people think there is a mystery person taking all my photos for me hahaha
snapfus asked: Abandoned houses are typically seen as "haunted" or "creepy". Do you think of them this way? Also, have you ever had a 'scary' experience at an abandoned house?
Not really, I just think they are beautiful. As for scary experiences, I once saw two teenagers hiding in an abandoned barn. I didnt notice until I turned a corner and saw one of them grinning and hiding behind some wood. They said they were from a town that was almost 2 hours away, and they came out to the area to go to the bank. There were no cars around, or bikes or anything. I have no idea how they got there, or how they left. Pretty weird. That was actually the very first time I went to an abandoned place too, so I was already nervous! Nothing weird has happened since though.
nathanielchadwick asked: How'd you like stepping out of the world and shooting in the studio? Did it feel limiting or liberating? The shots look great, was it strobed? Keep up the great work!
I thought it was a lot of fun! While I plan on mostly sticking with the more conceptual non-studio shots, I really just want to experiment in all types of photography, so it was a great experience. I think it was more liberating than limiting for sure. I have tried many studio-like conceptual shots in my house before and had to resort to desk lamps and window light (like this or this or this) so it was nice to be able to shoot something and light it exactly like I wanted to very easily. I’m hopefully going to shoot again in a studio in a few weeks, so I’m really excited for it! And I actually used constant lights instead of strobes, but plan on using strobes next time!
Today was my first time shooting in a studio!
untitled by Kyle Thompson
vagusadmirari asked: I apologize if you've been asked this before, but out of all you've been to, which one is your favourite deserted house and why? I mean, not necessarily write the address down, but just the vibe you get from it and the look of it... if that makes sense... or any other reason. I just find your photography marvellous and I admire your keen sense of adventure
I love this question! My favorite abandoned house is on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. I found it two summers ago by accident. Its a plain white farmhouse outside of a small town. The house was mostly in good shape, although it was obvious we weren’t the first people inside. The wall calender was from 1991. The house was last lived in by a woman named Alice. She went to Paris when she was young, and had a collection of postcards she kept in her bedroom. Her clothes were still hung neatly in her closet. Alice had a baby book hidden in the back of a bookshelf. Inside were dozens of photos of her as a child. She was a collector. She had decades worth of National Geographic magazines stacked and bundled in her closet. She had a wooden piano in her living room, and two old tvs sitting next to each other in front of the sofa. Maybe one was broken. What I thought was most sad is that Alice died more than 20 years ago and her family let her home sit and rot. While the house was in alright condition, the door was off its hinges and it was obvious that bored teenagers had looted the place and taken anything they thought was valuable. The floor was covered in old letters, papers and magazines. And the baby book full of photos. Why would a family let that sit for 20 years? Why would nobody take it. Just makes me feel kind of bad and makes me wonder what her life was like. I feel like I am at least honoring her life, by being so interested in how she lived and being respectful of her belongings. A lot of houses make me feel this way.
Some photos of abandoned houses I went to last weekend.
Anonymous asked: what kind of camera do you use now?
I just got a 5D Mark II ! Still getting used to it, but I really like it. All my stuff taken before this month was with a Canon 60D though
Anonymous asked: Your photos are great, but why do most of your photographs have a darker/haunted look to them? What inspires you?
I don’t know, I watched a lot of horror movies when I was a kid haha