Based on my last couple of posts (and future ones), you might be thinking that my favorite shooting place is Gary, Indiana. Well, you might be right as Gary is indeed quite interesting location.
City of Gary, Indiana – where Michael Jackson grew up and home of Jackson 5 is – has surely best years behind it. It really fascinated me when we first cruise around with locked doors thru the city of Gary, seeing abandoned and burnt to the ground homes, bums on the corners, and people looking surprised that white people are in the neighborhood :/ US Steel Corporation – that used to be major provider of the jobs in the Steel City – Gary, but cut on the jobs big time during the 60s. As they had to lay off more and more workers – city’s crime increased. It went south after that. USS is still in operation, but it’s nothing compared to what it used to be, and Gary has lots of abandoned buildings, like old hotel stripped out of everything except walls, or abandoned church. Yeah, abandoned church of Gary, IN, is well known to Chicago photographers, and perhaps it might be considered cliche to shoot in the church, I still like to photograph there couple more times, before it falls apartOK, enough about the location. We had our great model Jessica, Elinchrom Quadra RX + Deep Octa 39″ providing the soft light and here are the results:
Note: because it can get dangerous in that kind of the hood, I prefer to go there with larger group of people, and my personal preference is to go there early morning – it gets pretty crowded in the church during the mid-day. That afternoon we came across at least 3 groups – 2 bands shooting videos and some photographers doing architecture photography.
As I said – expect some more pictures from Steel City – Gary
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