January 28, 2013

The Office Keys

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Steven Perlmutter,  Mike Tully and I hit the Stone and Everett Mills on Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours of shooting.  We started in the Everett where Mike got lost in clutter and Steven explored the stairwells, both turning out some really cool shots. I had other ideas and even went back on Sunday to follow up on an idea. But that’s a story for another time.

When we got to the Stone Mill I, almost immediately, made my way to the office on the fourth floor. I had some unfinished business there. Back in September when my friend, Dave Wilson was up for a visit, he shocked me when he found these keys nailed to the floor and expertly photographed them, as only Dave can.  I would link to the image, but I can’t find it on his site. Maybe Dave will find it for me and comment! Anyway, after seeing Dave’s shot, I was determined to get my own take on that cool little quirk of Stone.

That’s the thing about the Stone Mill — you can always find something new to shoot. A her feature that had gone unnoticed, a new composition of things you’ve shot before. It is never boring.

On a related note …
Steven and I have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve gotten to the concept of the Historic Mills Photography Workshops, both within the history and art circles of Lawrence and our online community of photographers.  Plans are moving forward and we will officially announce our first workshop later this week.  Thanks for all the support and kind words!

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  1. Very much a Bob Lussier take and a great one! Love the perspective and the dof! You can really feel a sense of place and setting! Awesome!

  2. This is a great photo and I remember seeing Dave’s post of these keys. I liked his version when I saw it. You’ve done an amazing job of putting your spin on it. Great capture!

  3. Bob, where do I start. First, let me congratulate you and Steven Perlmutter on your pending workshops; if there was any way I could, I would be there with you guys, you know it. This is very important work you guys are doing, I keep finding buildings that I’ve photographed recently going through massive changes, and in some cases even demolition. It’s critical to have a record of these places as they form the foundation of the community.

    This is a terrific shot. Absolutely top drawer. Your perspective and resultant composition is spot-on. The shallow DoF does a great job of what you intended to do, draw the viewer straight to those keys and all the tension they exhibit as we try to understand the why of this scene…

    I love photography, and this is a great example of why. Thanks for sharing.