Thursday, April 30, 2009


A couple shots from the Sawmill River with Sheba. I didn't post these with my last update to the site because as usual I wasn't happy with the translation of the actual space into a photo. The shots are interesting, but I feel like they may not be quite as otherworldly as some of my other images. This is a set of images that I've gone back and forth on many times, I'm still not sure that I made the right decision.

Both of these shots were taken in the remains of an abandoned building over the river, right in the middle of downtown Yonkers. It's quite striking with the roof/floors of the building gone, the sunlight beams all the way through the shell of the building to the river below. I've shot this place before on my previous trips where we rafted down the river, but this was my first attempt with a model. When I exchanged emails with Sheba she mentioned that she has a fascination with water so I knew this would be a perfect match.

Sheba had also told me that she had issues with spiders and I had assured her that there weren't any at this particular spot as I had never seen any at all on previous trips. Unfortunately for her, I was quite wrong and there were quite a few of them all over the walls. They hadn't been there (or weren't visible) a few weeks ago when I passed through the river. I think it may have had to do with the weather warming up significantly when we shot there. It could have also been due to lack of rain in the days before that would have flushed away all the arachnids. Either way, she stuck it out and I did my best to clear any webs from an area before she moved towards it to pose. She did great overall and it was a pleasure working with her.

I'd like to give this spot another chance and I'd love to do it with Sheba as she was a good match for this space, but that may not be possible. She happened to be in NYC on a layover and I'm not sure when our paths will cross again. I just picked up a new camera and slightly wider lens, so I may go back and play with a few alternate angles with a different model sometime this summer. We'll see how it goes, there are alot of factors that come into play with this location, most dependent on weather conditions.


  1. Titties and Drains,

    Two of my favourite things, word.

  2. That second picture is definitely otherworldly. 'Painterly' is the adjective that occurs to me with the earth tones in the foreground, the softness of the water in the midground, and the linear quality of the bricks in the background. The model makes us wonder 'from where does this naiad come?'