June 24, 2013

The Chair

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I took last Friday off to go and visit my son out in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is about a three hour drive from where we live. Not a terribly long drive, but long enough to warrant a break – a few minutes from driving to stretch the legs.

It just so happens, about halfway between my home and Stockbridge, lies Belchertown, home of Belchertown School for the Feeble Minded. It is a beautifully decayed collection of buildings that I have had the pleasure of shooting a number of times. Since my last visit, a couple of years ago, I’ve heard rumors that the State had started tearing down the buildings. But I figured, since I was in the neighborhood, I should check it out.

I found it to be just as I remembered it, except more decayed. But I guess that is to be expected.

In my short visit, I found only a couple of buildings with entry points. The State does a pretty good job keeping them sealed up.

This is my favorite shot from my visit. I walked in and saw the wheelchair. Then I noticed the shaft of light from the skylight. I put them together for the shot.

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  1. Good Lord, what an incredible scene! This one is an instant classic to me, Bob. Great subject, perfectly lit surrounded by epic textures and details… it’s a top drawer shot, my good friend!