abandoned mansion part ii featuring Brian, James, Jessie &I

one of my faves





Thanks James for being my model; this is my other favorite shot of the day


Today James &I went to this abandoned mansion.

All the windows and doors were boarded up on the first floor. All the windows on the 2nd floor were broken and completely open. We wanted to get in soo bad!  Then we found this opening in the boards:
We tried to see in but it was sooo dark since no light could get in. We didn’t have a flashlight or any external flashes so we used the little built in flashes to see inside. 
It was dark, mysterious and creepy. After deciding that we didn’t think anyone else was inside we headed in. The opening was small – you had to have some good moves in order to get through. The best way was trying to get your head &a leg in at the same time. As soon as we got in we both used our flashes to see as much as possible. As soon as we decided the coast was clear we heard a girl’s voice. 
Back outside we went.
We went around to the front to see two kids with cameras. We nearly scared them to death. “YOU, were scared?! We were the ones who were INSIDE the building when we heard you!” I think they were kinda relieved to have met us – they were still in high school.  It was nice to have two more people with us; safety in numbers.
The first floor was still creepy but a little less now that there were four flashes going off. We began to feel more comfortable and adventurous. Light was spilling in from the open windows on the second floor. The stairwell was illuminated but still too dark to shoot. James & I went upstairs;
What we found was incredible. A playhouse of sorts. Cups & cigarette boxes, broken glass, paint peeling off the walls and the ceilings, graffiti… It was so fun and surreal. We had a grand time looking through all of the rooms. There were a lot of, “Come look at this!”

 Bathrooms; we must have found over 6 bathrooms. All of them pretty destroyed.

We found another staircase leading up. This time it was pretty dark – James &I went up together. Most of the wood was sturdy but there were a few broken holes where you could see through the boards &into some of the rooms:

It was also fun to run around and shoot each other from different rooms. The four of us must have been pretty loud.
We got familiar with the place and realized if I stand in this room &you go out onto the balcony, I’ll be able to get a good picture of you. & If I stay in the attic and you go down to the main stairwell I can get a shot of you from above:

It was definitely a place we’d like to go back to earlier in the day. We went late in the daylight and it was all overcast. We want to go back before noon so the light spills in from the opposite side. What a beautiful place.

this is a photo of me before we got in the building that James took:

Less than a week before I have to move into my dorm and I still have all my stuff in boxes from the last time I moved home. Tomorrow I have to clean, clean, clean and then I’m going to (vegetarian) bbq with Bean for the 4th! I still want to make some more rings and things so I can sell some from my dorm (any requests for stone colors & sizes? Lol.)

I also have some molding clay that I want to experiment with; I don’t know if I’ll have time to do that before I go but maybe I’ll take it with me.

Okay, okay, on to the visuals:

this is a pic Bean took of us shooting yesterday. We look like we’re in the middle of nowhere.

&this is just a silly one of me (that bean took too.) I have no idea what happened to my bangs. ahah

I know I posted this yesterday but this is Bean!
You can follow her: here
This is my first ‘fan photo’ -Thanks so much Rachael for taking this to show me!
(P.S. I finally saw Diana yesterday which means you’ll be getting a picture of your hat real soon – she LOVES it! ♥)
An aventurine ring I made for Rachael of Talk2thetrees

These are some of my new necklaces:

They will be in the shop soon.


P.S. These are some of the photos I took a few years ago at the same place we went to yesterday:

This was the building we did the portraits in yesterday. They are tearing the place down. This building was gutted and now the garage doors are gone – along with the boats. Light spills into it beautifully now; it has so much potential. I wish I knew how to capture it. I want to go back!

&My room is starting to look like a bedroom and not a storage room. ahahah I don’t think it’s been totally cleaned out since I left for college (when I say clean, I mean every drawer & corner clean.) So pictures up soon -hopefully!

and, and, check out this clever comic by A Softer World:

I haven’t had a second to be able to sit down and relax. I don’t even know why I’m writing this now instead of cleaning or something. Another late night? Probably.

how cute is this etching?
When I finish my studio I want to get one to hang up.

Today I went shooting at an abandoned location…

&This is apparently what I look like taking a picture:

(thanks James)

Tomorrow my mom has a biopsy & then we’re going to watch the Brazil vs. Portugal game! (don’t worry, we’re taping it.) Love ya Mom!


I’m really hoping things calm down so I can sit down to edit some pictures one of these days. (I feel like I say that all the time nowadays.)