All posts tagged: Abandoned School

Art on the Walls

The photos of the school are starting to run thin, it is almost time to go out and do some where else.  This is another stairwell, I would hazard a guess that they are the back stairs.  They are basic, well, I suppose all the stairs are in a school like this.  Here, take a look. Two lots of art in this stairwell, the graffiti, and we should call it art, then there is also the paintings that were left on the wall.  Though, if you look closely you can see that there is graffiti on them as well.  Apparently some graffiti artists have no qualms about ruining other artwork.  I thought they were mosaics  but I think perhaps they were paintings. The image was taken the first time I went, and then was processed in Photomatix Pro with 3 bracketed images.  Once back in Photoshop it was opened in camera raw and given some work. I have used Topaz Adjust to give the image some detail, that seems to help bring out the graffiti in …

Science Room

Keep Quiet, Eyes to the Front

Another classroom today from the abandoned school, it the science room this time. I did the science prep room a few weeks ago, and have been meaning to do this one, but the big empty space in the middle just didn’t see right.  Of course, it is because all the desks and chairs were removed.  The sun hitting the floor is nice, and in the mornings must have been a lovely classroom, actually all the classrooms would have had the morning sun.  Do you see what I mean about the empty space in the middle.  I did have visions of putting a ghosting of tables and chairs, but then with all the sun, I don’t think it would have worked really. The image was originally done as a HDR processed with Photomatix Pro.  I added some detail, then did a couple of blur layers, the first one was masked so only the front walls, the table and the floor were in focus, and the second layer so only the white board, and the front counter …

Cooks Gone

Cooking Classes Over

It has been a very busy day, and I have been trying very hard to get this image ready for you. I will speak more of that later. Today’s image is one that I took a couple of times, though from different angles.  The first time I got too much noise because I didn’t take my tripod.  The second time I did, and I was able to get a much better image. It is so nice to see a classroom that is almost complete – I hope that makes sense.  Most of the classrooms in this school are empty, everything has been removed, and  blackboards were replaced with white boards awhile ago.  They have now been covered with so much graffiti that you can’t tell what they are or were.  At least with this room, you can tell it was a Home Economics room. The processing has been done a little differently.  The image started as a HDR processed with Photomatix Pro.  I didn’t do some of the layers that I normally do.  I did …

Side Door - Black and White

Entry Through the Side Door

The side door to the school.  It was our first realisation that the school was open, that all the doors were open.  The door at the front was open, but I initially thought it was because there were people in there, there was a car parked in the carpark.  We went around the side, we saw the door open and then further up another door was. This is the side entry of the school that I have been showing the last first weeks.  One of the first images I showed was the stairwell that is inside of this structure here.  The windows here are the graffiti covered windows that cast the wonderful shadows on the wall.  It doesn’t look so grand on the outside. I loved the tall structure.  We don’t see many three story school buildings here, there are many two stories, but not three.  It is very unusual.   Our schools are very functional, but rarely are they architecturally interesting.  I do like the stairwell though, and the curved building, it is nice …

Quiet Stairs

Up and Down

Today  two great things happened, first when I woke this morning I discovered the internet was back to normal and secondly I had another class over at Eltham for Living & Learning Nillumbik.  It was a small class, 4 this time and I think they all had a great time.  I did some photos, but I will show them to you tomorrow.  Today, I am going to back to the abandoned school.  Here is the image I have chosen for today. It wasn’t an especially sunny day, but when this image was taken there was enough coming through, and the shadows it cast on the walls were stunning.  The graffiti on the windows helps cast some interesting shadows. With processing this, I wanted to convey that feeling of abandonment.  I hope that whilst the stairs look fine that you can tell by the graffiti and the darkness that it is no longer used.  I did darken it some and then brought up some light in other places.  I did try and draw out the detail …