Decaying Beauty – photos by Carey Primeau

As many people know, I have a love of abandoned buildings and spend a lot of time photographing them. However, I don’t think I will EVER be as accomplished in capturing them quite like Carey Primeau. These photos are so awesomely (and sadly) stunning.

unFILED - Carey Primeau

unFILED - Carey Primeau

“When I was introduced to photography many years ago I instantly knew it was a medium that fit my personality perfectly. Photography quickly became an outlet for communication, an illustration for my ideas that sometimes were too complicated for me to put in words.

With a camera in my hand and a bike below my feet, I live, work and play in the City of Chicago in the same way that my mother, father, grandparents, and great grandparents have.

Most of the photographs featured here are from the Neglected Beauty Project that I have been working on for the past 4 years. By inspiring dialogue about forgotten historic structures, there is hope that the general public and our politicians will once again learn to appreciate their existence. Historical buildings are crucial for future generations because they not only provide direct connections to our past, but can be focal points for a shared cultural experience in the future.”

No. 2 pencil ONLY - Carey Primeau

No. 2 pencil ONLY - Carey Primeau

Centrality Amongst Chaos - Carey Primeau

Centrality Amongst Chaos - Carey Primeau

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PhotoHunter: Triangle

Architectural triangles.

While I am two days ahead for posting this, I will be slow to acknowledge your comments and to visit everyone else’s contributions. My reason is this…. and this. I know you will all understand. I will try and make my visits, slowly but surely. If I miss you, I am sorry.

"The White House"

"The White House"

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"St. John's Church, Pierce's Corners, Ontario"

"St. John's Church, Pierce's Corners, Ontario"

How I Did it….

Image progression… Making photographic lemonade.

I was more or less just fiddling around but I like many of the resulting images.

I started off with a simple and not very good image of a CD disk which I had been experimenting with.

First image

First image

In Image 2, I had played around with isolating and softening the prism effect of the reflection.

Image 2

Image 2

After playing around with the image for some time I sort of set it aside.

Today (four years later) , I was looking for an image for this week’s PhotoHunter, which is “Triangle”.  I decided to try a few tweaks which I have discovered recently.

Image 3

Image 3

In Image 3, I solarized it and then did it as a negative and enhanced the colour and light. Then I solarized it, again, and increased the colour saturation.

Image 4

Image 4

Image 4 shows the changes using my RGB colour balance, reducing the yellow and enhancing the magenta.

Image 5

Image 5

In Image 5, I, again, increased the colour saturation.

Image 7

Image 6

Image 6 is after shifting the colour tone to a monochrome.

Image 7

Image 7

In Image 7, I solarized it again and increased the colour saturation.

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