I have a real strange obsession with abandoned buildings, especially factories. I can feel the energies of the past; lingering within a space that was once there workplace. In the past, factories were not just buildings that you simply clocked in, slaved all day and clocked out. What I mean is that for some people, on the surface, yes it was like that. I am referring to the sub-level of this dynamic. Factories such as this small water processing plant that was abandoned decades ago was filled with people who spent more time here than their homes. This factory fed families, put kids through school, provided sustenance for the entire town of New Millford NJ. Now, there is nothing left but a decaying shell overlooking the river and ghosts of memories.
I decided to edit some of these images in a monochromatic, subtle Bokeh style, since the series is called Faded Memories. I wanted to emulate the “fading” by using the Bokeh style as my interpretation of that fading. I also thought it gave a few of the images a slight vintage aesthetic. I also chose this model because she is full figured and I wanted to capture a full figured model instead of my usual petite or voluptuous figured women. I did this for two reasons. The first reason I pretty much just said. I was growing tired of shooting the usual small or voluptuous models. The second reason was because of the age of this factory. Larger women were very much the preferred body type in the early 19th century when this factory was up and thriving.
I thought this would be the perfect location to shoot this model who was extremely eclectic in her own way. This histrionic model loved confrontations and drama. So shooting her with these peaceful memories surrounded by the peaceful woods and the river created the perfect juxtaposition to me. I call this series “Faded Memories” because of the abandoned factory scenery and how desperately I wanted to forget about the horrors of shooting a very histrionic woman in the summer heat.