|Dutch photographer Niki Feijen has produced a book of fantastic interior shots|
of old ruined buildings.
I know, I know. It's a colour photograph. But it gets worse because it's probably digital as well. I'm not going to apologise because if there's one thing that digital excels at it's photographing ruinous interiors. And Dutch photographer, Niki Feijen, some of whose pictures are on this page, has shown himself to be a bit of a master at what he does.
When it comes to photographing interiors, it can be very tricky working out the correct exposure in these situations so the instant feedback from the LCD screen is definitely a plus point. As is the ability to apply a little light high dynamic range to balance the daylight coming through the windows and boost whatever colour is in the scene.
I used to do a bit of this kind of thing myself when I was totting a DSLR and before they began knocking down all the old buildings in the area. Here are a couple below that I took on a Pentax K10D five years ago. It was only when I dug them out that I realised just how garish they are. Nowadays, I'd dial down the colour saturation by an order of magnitude.
To be honest, it's the only part of digital imaging I miss. I've never liked colour prints much as artworks. I'd never hang one on the wall, for instance. However, I do see the HDR colour shots as something more worthy of being displayed behind a frame. If that marks me out as a vulgarian, well so be it. We all have our guilty pleasures.
Thankfully, Niki Feijen, is somewhat more restrained in his use of HDR than I was and he's produced some quite amazing photographs of ruined castles, hotels and even an insane asylum. Take a look at these pics below:
Now that's what I call atmosphere! I keep on waiting to see Gary Oldman wafting by with his freaky hairdo. Niki has a great eye for composition and exhibits an enormous amount of sympathy for his subjects in these images.
If you like this sort of thing - and I love it - you might be interested to know that he's now brought his photographs together in a book entitled Frozen that's due for release in September. Niki's work caught the eye of a Daily Mail reporter who featured his work in the paper. It's worth a look and you can find it here.
You can do this sort of thing with film but I think it's easier in black and white than colour. The latter is a bit of a hair shirt pursuit in my opinion. No matter how good your metering technique is, I still think it's advisable to bracket because the contrast range can be so extreme that you're never really sure what you've captured until you've developed the film.
Urban exploration photography has a strong and dedicated following and a Google search will probably find plenty of examples of this type of work in your own area. Sometimes you'll be shown photographs that will inspire you to get in the car and do some exploring of your own and that's one way of finding lots of new subjects for your camera.