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paradise found

April 15, 2013

I have been searching for the perfect place to restart my wrapped project ever since I moved to Springfield, MO. I have made many scouting expeditions which consisted of me driving around trying to find an abandoned building. I was having no luck until a few months ago I noticed a building behind a large fence set back  about 100 yards from a road I travelled on frequently for several years. Two days ago I confirmed my hunch that this shack was connected to the remote urban area I have been photographing recently. The connecting road can be seen in the image “Three Objects”. That road would take me the back way up to the shack I had seen from the street as I drove by earlier.

I had made up my mind that I was going to explore the shack so I set out over the train bridge which is the only way to cross the river and find this secluded area. I decided to make some art in the area I was already familiar with first before exploring my new playground. Honestly I was a little apprehensive, I had no idea what I would find a the shack or if anyone would be there to chase me away.

As I was photographing a small wrapping in the open area I noticed a piece of brand new red luggage was sitting in the concrete cylinder that I had used for “Wrap #8”. That piece of luggage had not been there two weeks before when I photographed “Three Objects”. The item still had the cardboard on the front advertising its features, which made me curious as to what might be inside. I decided to open the luggage and found nothing inside, but the fact that it was there highlighted for me that this place was no secret, and that made me anxious for the rest of the day.

Despite my anxiety I decided to press on with my original plan to explore the shack. My original intent was only to see if it would be safe to enter the structure and if anyone was living there. The large fence that was in front of the structure hid me from view of the street where the traffic was, but I was still afraid of being seen as I remembered that on the other side of the fence where the words NO TRESS PASSING in large spray painted letters. There was an opening in the fence large enough to drive a vehicle though which lined up with the front door to the building. This, I thought, is where someone will see me from the street. I pressed on, reminding myself that even if someone saw me they probably wouldn’t care enough to call the police. Besides, I am only making art, not vandalising.

I entered the structure and started working and as soon as I did all my fears where melted away by the euphoria of creativity. Creation is like a drug for me, it makes the world disappear for a while. I created two images and decided to call it a day, I had to pick up my wife from an appointment. I left the way I came in and was back home within 15 minutes (this place is very convenient).

Later that night as I was getting ready for bed I found a tick on my shoulder. I spent 5 days in the hospital due to a tick bite several years ago, so I did not like seeing this intruder trying to snack on me. I processed the two images almost immediately and posted them to my blog. “Wrap #10” and “Wrap #11“.

From → art, my work, photography

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