Rurex …


© 2011 – philip vergeylen – all rights reserved

© 2011 – philip vergeylen – all rights reserved

© 2011 – philip vergeylen – all rights reserved

… as opposed to urbex. Well, maybe the word ‘rurex’ doesn’t exist, but it will for now. If you want to, you can throw it away after you read my post.

Rural exploring is less evident than urban exploring. The locations are harder to find. But when I find such a site, the pleasure is unequaled.

No antique interiors, no chimneys or staircases, no bath tubs or a forgotten kitchen stove. No graffiti here; there is almost no colors at all. Nothing but a strong oak structure, the remains of an old leaking roof and the rotten wooden floor of a hayloft. This is the kind of site that screams for B&W. I wish you could see the photos printed on a matt paper such as Hahnemühle Torchon or German Etching.

You have to watch where you put your feet down because you don’t want to disturb this site, its soul or its history. Your try to leave everything as is was before you arrived. And watch out for the cobwebs … Once you’re trapped, there’s no way back …

The light enters through some small windows and through the many holes in the roof. No reason here to use HDR, because this will kill the character of the location. HDR will destroy the lovely available light. There is no need to light the darkest places. They just ask to be left in darkness.

I found this stable on an old abandoned farm somewhere in n the centre of France, in a region called La Brenne. And although I haven’t marked it on my map, one day I will return to this region and try to find it back.

Later on, I will post some photos I made in the farm-house, where, as opposed to the stable, using color was the right choice.

Philip.

18 thoughts on “Rurex …

  1. Old abandoned farms have long been a favorite subject for both art and photography for me, and I fully agree about BW, matte paper and HDR, or the lack thereof. Just the feeling of history inside an old barn or farmhouse is enough to study for hours.

  2. Wonderful photos. They are perfect in B&W.

    Exploring old, abandoned rural buildings is something I’ve been wanting to do. We have so many places like that in the area where I live.

  3. There is something about old decrepit buildings… unfortunately I don’t find many of those in California… Good stuff!

    • I agree with what you say Borut; for some photos, HDR is a must. This depends on both the dynamic range of the camera and the light in the scene.

      I like the way you use HDR in your portraits; it adds to the photos. You use HDR in a controlled way, to open the shadows where needed.

      But there are lots of HDR users that exaggerate the effect. This is why you find thousands of photos all over the internet, that all have the same cartoonish look and where the beautiful light has been killed in the name of ‘creativity’. But creativity is more than just clicking the same button over and over again.

      For this series, I deliberately choose to leave the dark corners of the stable as they were registered by the camera. No need to see the full details in every corner of the photos.

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