abandoned icon – Story Mill

abandoned icon – Story Mill

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Back in 2011, I began one of my first major photography projects: I wanted to self-publish a small architectural photography book. Although my skills as a photographer were still early in development at the time, I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish and sort-of an idea of how I could do it. I was becoming very interested in the post-processing aspect of the practice, and was a bit curious about new ways of shooting and editing. This was my first real attempt at HDR photography and it was an interesting experience.
 
My subject was the Story mill in Bozeman, an iconic structure and one of the more stable, derelict grain silos in Montana. I chose Story mill not only because of my obsession with abandoned buildings, but because I felt a strange connection to the structure’s pure, utilitarian nature, which I believe gives the place a unique beauty that seems to transcend all ornamentation that we so often associate with architectural beauty. The final images were meant to represent the different feelings and senses that I experienced as I drifted through the building. Some spaces were incredibly vivid, sometimes even surreal feeling; other spaces had a flat, incredibly stale nature. With each space I photographed, I also accompanied the images with either a short piece of writing or a drawing, trying to explain the weird beauty of the place and mixed emotions of being in its presence.
 
The finished product is a 40 page booklet which was professionally printed as well as custom-bound by me (also my first attempt at book binding). It was a successful project in the sense that I was able to accomplish what I set out to do, as well as learn a great deal about the HDR photography process while learning a bit about myself.
 
Full book available here.