After several months, I finally finished a roll of film I had loaded in my Mamiya. Loaded with Kodak TRI-X 400, I shot this roll at 1600. I wanted to experiment with pushing TRI-X a couple of stops. I started out with the goal of shooting all frames at night, but I jumped on an opportunity to shoot a vacant house. Therefore, I shot the remaining frames during the day. I figured this would be a good test to see how pushing TRI-X to 1600 would render subjects in low light. Thus, my first of two blog posts from this roll of film will be about the vacant house. My next post will showcase the night shots.
‘Dark Interpretations’ not only refers to the literal dark nature of these photographs, but it also refers to the subject matter. These photos may appear a bit creepy to some. That’s my one sentence disclaimer. Also my wife grabbed some shots with her phone. While these phone pictures are not film shots, they do go along with the creepy subject matter. I will credit her in the captions.
Let’s start with the exterior. These outside shots were actually taken after I finished up from inside. It was a cloudy day. The sun was on the horizon and the light was fading fast. These first three shots have that scary feeling of the Myer’s house from the movie Halloween or the Amityville house from the Amityville Horror movie. If you look hard enough, you might see the silhouette of an old woman rocking in a chair in one of the upstairs windows like in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. Ok, I have to confess, I am a scary movie junkie. I blame it on my mom for letting me watch some of the old classic black and white scary films with her when I was a kid.
Before we get to the attic where I spent most of my time, here are the first 3 interior shots.
If you could not tell the age of the house from the previous shots, this next shot of the electrical wiring should provide some hints. They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Ok, this is where things turn a bit creepy. As you saw from the electrical wiring, things were a bit dark in the attic. There were only 4 windows on 3 sides supplying light from the overcast sky. The attic was full of clothes, toys-mainly dolls, newspapers, magazines, furniture, books, boxes and the list goes on.
The remaining pictures were taken by my wife with her cell phone.
What is it about dolls that’s creepy? My wife had no problem capturing these photos of the dolls, but she would watch a slasher movie before she would watch a scary movie with dolls. Go figure. Anyway, we had a great time touring and photographing this old house. If I had the time, I could make a day out of creating photographs in and around this house. TRI-X at 1600 looks great in medium format! I won’t hesitate to push this film if needed. I will have to give it a try in 35mm. I would love to hear your experiences with pushing TRI-X. I hope you enjoyed the photos and I hope they were not too creepy. Thanks for stopping by! Before I go, I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures from this venture made by my wife. It shows one of the owner’s of the house sifting through lost treasures in the attic.
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