This is a review of some images captured within my 2013 portfolio. These are not from my abandoned places, but everything else experienced through the year. I will post a collection of abandoned places soon, but I am keeping those mainly quiet until I finish this book. The book is coming along great and nearing completion very soon.
1. Two friends sit at the edge of the lake, watching a warm sunset fall towards the horizon. Sometimes we all need to stop for a moment and appreciate the beauty around us.
2. Evening sets on the city as I look on from a window at work. The sunset, while still remaining bright and radiant, left the city streets dark and dimly lit with streetlights and cars. Still bright enough, I quickly snapped this photo hand held hanging my camera outside of the window.
3. A strong thunderstorm was approaching, yet the rain had not arrived with it just yet. This gave me a perfect chance to take a walk to the end of my friend’s street and set up for some lightning photos. After many shots I was able to capture these bright bolts. The photo is composed of 2 separate bolts shot this night filling the sky.
4. We look ahead, but what we see here is not the normal view. Lake Erie has been frozen for the winter and for miles you can now see snow sitting atop the ice. A strange drift from gusting winds has opened up a hole near the shoreline where we can peer down into the lakes ice-cold waters. Normally unable to walk on, we were able to reach a couple of hundred feet out into the lakes frozen surface.
5. Hocking Hills is a very popular tourist attraction in Ohio. During the spring and summer months, even into autumn you can be sure to see tons of visitors, from anyone with a camera, to grandparents and their grand children making their way through the tunnels and stairways, winding around trees and through forest. This makes it difficult for photographers to capture a full natural aspect of the park. For this photo I combined several images, stacking them and erasing sections as tourists moved, to achieve simply the nature itself.
6. A cherry blossom tree hangs overhead. As I sat below the flowering branches reaching towards me, looking up I was reminded just how small we are compared to such a small, practically microscopic portion of our universe, while at the same time it can tower over our heads.
7. As the sun sets over the city skyline, we are left with the illuminated cityscape, watching from a distance as life begins a new part of the day. The city dies down in our outside view, but we forget that some people are stuck in an office for an extra 6 hours, finishing up work that needs to be done instead of going home to see their families like the rest of us. We forget that sometimes the night brings a sense of fear to those on the East side, trying to avoid being robbed or worse. Looking from such a distance, from the outside, we don’t feel, or think of these things often.
8. At any moment, something crazy is happening in the world. This night, at a very random moment a plant near Willoughby, OH caught fire. The inferno raged on through hours upon hours of the night while onlookers stared in awe at the blazing fire, completely destroying the huge factory.
While the fire rages on, this does not stop people from performing their duties. This electrician climbs into his cherry picker and performs his duties to keep electric situations under control. I never got a chance to ask what he was doing, but I am sure protecting a power loss from surrounding areas by neutralizing this area.
9. A seagull and myself watch as my mother stands at the edge of the fishing pier, waiting for the perfect wave, simply showing the force of Lake Erie crashing over the wall.
10. Mother Nature shows of her power in some crazy ways sometimes. Waves hit this break wall and splash at heights of up to 20+ feet at times. This might not seem like a lot in comparison to other places, but this is simply Lake Erie. When strong winds blow through, it seems as though this area gets hit the hardest.
11. Fog rolls in through the warming of the night air. At about 2:30am my friends and I ventured out to take a walk through the park, finding incredible fog sweeping through the trees, illuminated by the mansion lights.
12. Dozens of ants cover their queen in battle between another colony trying to steal larvae. These battles seem to be a close resemblance to our own human warfare, our own ways of mindless anger, violence and destruction between one another.
13. A young girl picking her prize at the fair BB rifle booth.
14. Waking up early one morning, I set out to track the fog rolling in. Every way I chased it, it seemed to disappear the moment I arrived. Finally I was able to track it to a valley at Chapin Forest. For a short moment, the fog was thick enough for me to shoot some photos.
15. I seem to have a bad habit of finding myself in a less than desired placement when something like this decides to visit my area. Sometimes I am stuck to work with what I have and I try to make the best of the surrounding scenery. One day I hope to capture more great storms such as these.
16. These large, winding stone staircases wrap themselves throughout the forest at Hocking Hills Park. These, along with bridge and other various structures were constructed by the hermit Richard Rowe, who lived in the large recess cave of the gorge with his two dogs. Richard is now buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave.
17. Venturing down into the valley of Queer Creek, we are dropped into a vast, remote, primitive chasm surrounded by steep rock walls. In the center, Cedar Falls runs down into a body of water. Cedar Falls itself is the greatest waterfall in terms of volume in the Hocking region. This lonely space is a very beautiful and powerful piece of nature within our world. Artist, architect and mathematician, Akio Hizume, designed the steps, which descend down into this valley. The falls were misnamed by a group of early white settlers who had mistaken the hemlocks in the valley for Cedars.
18. I found myself surrounded by the colors of fire; the kind of fire that would cover the world after an industrial meltdown, while at my feet, a road made of brick stretched and wound through the trees that towered overhead. A bright beam of sun shone through treetops, casting radiant rays of light through the autumn orange. The air felt chilled, but the sun was warm to my skin as I sat down in this silent section of town to photograph the scene.
19. Sometimes you just know when you see actual love, and this was one of those moments. As a man and his wife leave the store, they walk to their car. While they make their way, the man walks through the cold, bundled up child in arms, warm and asleep.
20. Snow drifts through this alleyway of trees as they tower over head, symmetrically placed in rows on either side.
21. The warm lit path winds through towering trees. On both sides, I was surrounded by beautifully tall trees, letting the light through like a soft glow from behind a transparent dining room window curtain. A calming scene, and wonderfully warm air whistled through the leaves.
22. Sometimes you need to do something out of the ordinary to get the shot you see in your mind. I had a feeling that if I were to climb out onto these conjoined trees that had fallen into the water, I would be able to capture a great perspective. Not only was I able to accomplish the desired perspective and great contrast with the autumn colors, but an awesome reflection as well. Oh, and I didn’t fall in!
23. One of my favorite local rooftops, where I like to go to sit myself above traffic and shoot photos as life below goes on. As the weather began to become much more chilled, a friend and I ventured to the top of this building to shoot some long exposures. By the time we had finished, we felt frozen. It’s strange to think how warm that weather truly was compared to what we have had for the last month now.
24. A frozen winter day in January, and we find ourselves looking out across Lake Erie. What better way to shoot a photo than removing all warm clothing? The lake resembles a vast, white, desert of ice. As we gaze across the surface, it seems to go for miles. You can no longer hear the splashing of water coming to shore, and the area is void of its normal life.
25. Far too many times in our lives, we let the simple beauty slip right past our vision, right past our thought. Stop for a moment and appreciate it. Something as simple as this image can bring so much feeling and thought to me. The field was empty and quiet, and as quickly as the birds had approached the tree, they were soon off again. The only sound through the vast stillness of my surroundings was the clicking of swaying branches as the birds fluttered their wings, taking off to a new destination.
26. A fire rages on in the Mentor Headlands marsh. Upon hearing the news, I knew I had to venture out and attempt to photograph everything happening. As I was driving towards my destination, I could see smoke billowing above treetops far in the distance. Not much longer, and I had arrived at the scene where I found police and fire rescue vehicles on each and every side blocking the public from getting too close. This however, did not stop me from my attempt to capture some close up photos and get in on the action. I parked at a nearby elementary school where I was able to run into a forest in back. As I walked, I watched the cloud of smoke towering over treetops, dropping ashes to my face and camera as I kept a steady pace venturing towards my destination. I finally began to hear the crackling of fire burning the marsh and could finally smell it. As my eyes began to catch drift of smoke, I knew I was close. Upon arrival to the fire, I could see a sergeant observing the situation and talking on a microphone. Thankfully the fire was so loud he was not able to hear the rustling of leaves beneath my footsteps as I approached. I ducked behind trees, shooting photo after photo of the blazing marsh, until I was finally caught off guard and spotted. With a look on his face, as he were surprised to see me, I was told to leave. Of course, before leaving, I had to rapidly scan left to right taking as many photos as I could before being more harshly yelled at and finally making my way back to the car. I ended up getting the shots I wanted.
27. The sun was shining at a perfect angle to create a rainbow, as the mist from crashing waves splashed across the parking lot of the Eastlake Fishing Pier. It was a chilled, windy day but my mother and I watched as the waves created rainbow after rainbow and I was finally able to snap this photo in the split second of its most radiant moment.
28. Icicles have formed over the constant splashing of waves across the chained fence. As the wind blew in one direction, they were formed at a slant.
29. Ohio is one of the few places you find the green leaves still clutching branches of heavily snow-coated trees. Arriving home from work, at about 1:30am as I was on the way to pick a friend up for some food, I stopped to photograph the tranquil scene of soft snow covering the road. Streetlights illuminated an orange glow in the distance through this tunnel of trees. Branches hung over top of my head, covered in bright snow lit by the glow of a bright blue winters night sky.
30. Layer upon layer of ice has covered the rocks, which line the lake. Similar to a group of peanuts covered in chocolate, a smooth coating of ice warps and waves across the stones, leaving minimal gaps in areas where there normally would be.
31. These 11 trees stand at the edge of a pond, tucked away behind the city. They cast a prefect reflection before them.
32. I sat at the edge of the beach watching a mainly dull and clouded sky as the sun set behind. With a long exposure, I captured water shifting and splashing over the rocks before me.