November 16, 2011

Red Velvet


It’s been a while since I have been on a good old fashioned Urbex shoot. I mean the kind that has you looking over your shoulder or jumping at the slightest sound.

This was such a place. This building at the Belchertown State School was boarded up, except for a single window. Abiding by my rule of not breaking in to gain entry, I considered an open window something of an invitation, so I went in and started exploring. I shot a couple of things within ambient light range of the open window, then took out my flashlight and went deeper into the building. As I made my way up the stairs and was greeted by an eerie green glow on the second landing. I kept going. This is what I found.

A boarded up porch, in a boarded up house. The corrugated roof let enough light in to cast that glow over the porch and spill into a few of the rooms. It was just enough light. The image didn’t take much post processing. The porch was all green but that red chair dominated the space. That little spot of sunlight on the red velvet made me think it was once someone’s favorite seat.

It has been over a year since I shot this, and over a year since my last visit to Belchertown. It has me longing to shoot a place like this again.

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  1. Ah, nothing like a good Bob Lussier urbex shot to get the day going! Very cool green glow and the red chair adds just enough contrast. Very cool!

  2. Whoaw, Bob, this one stopped me dead in my tracks here today! GREAT picture, my friend, love the tones and colors, and the drama from the chair at the end of the scene. Absolutely incredible.