I took these photos over the past two years, some of them very recently (in April, 2015). The subject of most of these photos is urban exploration (“urbex”). I find it awe-inspiring, sad and beautiful to explore the insides of buildings that are being transformed, sometimes week to week, by water and gravity.
Note: You can view thumbnails of all of my exhibited photos at the bottom of this page.
The colors of these distressed structures are sometimes stunning, though not in all lighting situations—I’ve visited several of these structures multiple times in different weather conditions to rework images.
This collection includes many of my favorite urbex photos from five different locations: A) Most are from the Clemons Mansion in North St. Louis – This mansion and chapel were built by an uncle of Samuel Clemons; B) The Cottonbelt Building north of downtown St. Louis on the Riverfront; C) Bethlehem Lutheran Church in North St. Louis—this was a gorgeous church that (I am told) has now collapsed; D) St. Joe’s Lead Factory in Farmington, Missouri. You can find out a lot more about each of these sites with a simple Google Search. One additional image, one of my personal favorites, is from the St. Louis Riverfront, just north of downtown St. Louis.
In addition to the urbex photos, I have added two large (36” x 24”) HDR photos from the Southwest U.S., taken in June, 2014. One image is of the Grand Canyon and the other was taken of Bryce Canyon. These vistas repeatedly astound me—my intent and hope was to create images that capture the grandeur of viewing these sites in person.
These has been an immense amount of trial and error to compose the images in a way that satisfied me. I spent many additional hours post-processing these images using Photomatix (see below) and Lightroom in order to create these effects. These are High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs printed on metal.
Each of these photographs began with a series of 3 or 5 bracketed photos of the same scene using my Canon 7D Mark II, a tripod and a remote shutter release. These images were synthesized using Photomatix software, which combines the images using numerous parameters that I choose. The resulting large (18mb-25mb) images are then printed directly onto ready-to-hang metal sheets using a relatively new expensive high tech process. I choose to print my metal images here in St. Louis at Diversified Labs, which does an outstanding job of making these images pop.
For more of my urban exploration photos, see the Urbex Album on my Flickr Page.
To Purchase my photo art or to hire me for a photo shoot, contact me:
If you’d like to purchase any of these photos using the exact metal process you see in this display, I can arrange that for you. The turn-around time is about a week. Any of these photos can be printed in any of these sizes (in inches):
8 x 12 $80
12 x 18 $105
16 x 24 $185
20 x 30 $255
24 x 36 $350
To obtain one or several of these photos, contact me, indicating the photos you would like and your choice of size for each photo. I will arrange for the photos to be printed once I receive full payment (I’ll accept a personal check or you can send the amount through Paypal, and applicable sales tax is added to the amounts above). Once your photo(s) is created, you will be notified and you can then pick up your photo(s) at Diversified Lab, located at 645 Hanley Industrial Ct, St. Louis, MO 63144. Alternatively, if you live outside of St. Louis, they can ship them straight to you for a reasonable shipping fee.
For more about the types of photos I take, see the About Page on this Website.