In continuing my theme from last week about coming across the unexpected photography opportunities in Jerome, Arizona, I have attached 7 shots from that same day. The classic car in a basement was truly unexpected, but it just kept getting better…..
Further down main street from the above mentioned car, I came across a vacant building. This wasn’t just any vacant building, but one that was open to viewing through large windows that were no longer there and doors with gates. The building was on the corner and the sidewalk wrapped around the front and descended down the side of the building towards the street below. Along the side of the building was a series of doorways going into what use to be establishments that were in the building.
Vacant Building 1
This was taken from the main level in the front on Main Street looking down over what looked like it use to be a ballroom. You can see the side street as it goes down the hill. Focus on the interior window in the left of the frame. The next shot is from down there in front of the gate across the entry.
Vacant Building 2
The window I just mentioned is on the wall to the left, you can just make out the framing. This is the first of three-arched entries on the side of the building. This one obviously use to be a saloon.
Vacant Building 3
Same location, but with my camera lens between the wrought iron bars of the gate.
Vacant Building 4
This is the next entry down. Looks unusual to see greenery growing in what use to be the interior of the building.
Vacant Building 5
Same entry with my lens between the wrought iron bars. Now you can see a large staircase with yellow tiles along the wall. If I were to guess, I’d say this was the side street entry to what I think was an old hotel. This entry would have opened onto stairs that took you up to the lobby which was located on the main level even with Main Street in the front of the building. I’m just guessing because I truly know nothing of the history of this building, but it’s my blog, so I say it’s an old hotel :)
Vacant Building 6
This is the third entry where there isn’t a door, just plant life. Again, I took this shot by sticking my lens through the wrought iron gate that was in the exterior archway.
Vacant Building 7
This shot visually pulls us back full circle to the beginning. This is the window that I mentioned in the first photograph. This shot is looking back up towards Main Street. As a side note; the wooden structure you see in the middle of the large room is not an old pulpit, but an outhouse with a moon carved into the front door….part of the ambience :)
So, when you come across the unexpected, takes tons of shots because you will want to figure out what you want to capture and from what angle to tell a story. In a case like this there are so many interesting elements with this old historic structure that has been gutted and cleaned up.
From this series, my personal favorites are the last and the first one in that order. Both present interesting elements from architecture to lighting and then both have a strong sense of depth. Thoughts?
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