Unfinished Construction

If you were to hop in the pickup truck and ride along with me west out of town toward the reservoir, soon after we turned off onto the dirt roads to get to the water, this edifice would loom up on the horizon. It is a large, unfinished church. This shell has sat there unfinished for some years now, long abandoned. It is an interesting place to visit with a camera.



Abandonada, núm 1, Interior

As a general rule--as I am advised by the unhinged Québécois and Steve Isaac, the master blaster in black and white--we deal with a difference of the equivalent of two f-stops between the brightness in the shade and the brightness in the open sun in the case of outdoor photographs. (That was not the most elegant way to express what I was trying to express, but it will have to do until I think of a better way to say it.) Where I live there is a significantly bigger spread, especially at midday. Even the best photographers struggle with that in the great state of Guanajuato. Over-exposed back lit areas, washed out skies, blacked out areas in the shade, etc.

On the other hand--and the reason that I bring the subject up--one does get these nice, crisp shadows to play with.



Unfinished Construction 048Black Border

Photos of the interior can create some interesting abstract effects because of the shadows. Also, you can play with surrealism a bit. Who was that painter associated with the Surrealism Movement who often featured representative images floating amid surreal abstractions? I believe that I am thinking of Chirico, but I am too lazy to look it up.


Unfinished Construction 051Black Border



Unfinished Construction 028Black Border

I am like a kid out there, exploring, checking out the nooks and crannies, crawling up on the roof. 

And by the way, these photos are not a violation of my oath never to publish any more photographs of churches in any of my blogs. This building never officially became a church. As it stands, it is merely another piece of nondescript, abandoned construction. That is the loophole of which I am availing myself this time.



Abandonada, núm. 1, Exterior

A couple of my friend the unhinged Québécois' takes on the place done last June are here . . . or not, depending on whether you click the link.

NOTE: I do not claim any rights in any of the shit that I publish anywhere, neither text nor image. If someone thinks something is worth stealing, they are welcome to it and may claim it as their own.

Furthermore, I have never moderated comments on any of my blogs in my life. I have never deleted a comment in my life with the exception of obvious spam and in one instance when the author of the comment requested the deletion. The comment sections under all my blogs are absolute free speech zones. Any nastiness, viciousness, filthy slander, or despicable offerings of any nature posted as comments under my blog entries are warmly welcome and greatly add to those blog entries'  otherwise modest entertainment value.


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Comment by JMac1949 Memories on November 30, 2012 at 6:06pm

Damn I think I'll steal all of them... I do love pics of the ruins  and remains of human attempts to control their environment; but abandoned construction sites are in a class of their own.  If I haven't lost them there should be some old Kodachrome slides of an abandoned nuclear power plant up in Washington State.  Took them over 25 years ago, damnedest thing you've ever seen... you drive around a curve on the highway and there's nearly a billion bucks of concrete and steel, just covered in moss and rusting away behind a chain link fence out in the middle of nowhere.  R&L ;-)

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on November 30, 2012 at 6:09pm

Such sites are ruins of a different sort, JMac, and just as fascinating to me as ruins of the antique variety.

Comment by tr ig on November 30, 2012 at 6:14pm

#3 could be inspiration for MC Escher.. 

Comment by Kenneth Sibbett on November 30, 2012 at 6:15pm

The first photo looks like an old Hacienda and the rest are jut beautiful. Is that the town you live in behind some of the shots?

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on November 30, 2012 at 6:21pm

What a comment that was, tr ig! Made my scrawny chest puff up. Thank you.

Yep, Scanner. That is San Miguel off in the distance in the one photo. Glad you enjoyed them.

Comment by John Fleshman on November 30, 2012 at 6:40pm

How could anyone not appreciate these pictures? Thank you for sharing them!

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on November 30, 2012 at 6:48pm

You're welcome, John. As a matter of fact, I have been intending for some time to get over to your blog and read that latest one on taxation of the rich. I shall get there yet this evening.

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on November 30, 2012 at 8:41pm

I may regret my bravado in your case, Rita. A person with some facility with words, I suspect that you can put some serious sting in them when you are inspired.

Comment by Zanelle on November 30, 2012 at 8:49pm

Abandoned!  I want to live there.  Your shadows are not just black.  Excellent eye.  Thanks.

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on November 30, 2012 at 8:54pm

You could probably pick it up for a song, Zanelle. Then all you would need is about $5 million in finish work.

A complimentary comment that I valued. You're welcome.


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