19 Feb 2013

Allegory in Brick and Mortar

The Idiot Photographer, Bentbottle and I teamed up Sunday to visit some of our favorite haunts, and decided to spend some time in the Gary Methodist Church. Now, this is really the place to see if you’re going to see one thing in Gary. Consequently, any time we’ve been in there in the last couple years we’ve had company in the form of other photographers doing their thing. I guess I wasn’t complaining the time when there was a lingerie fashion shoot going on, but sometimes it feels like this place is “over”.

And then you walk in.
The church is huge, with an attached parochial school complete with gym and auditorium. The classrooms are now a feast for the eyes: taggers have covered walls, goth kids have left their “satanic” schtick laying about, and plenty of old furniture and hobo detritus. I got into this room just in time for the sunset to come streaming in.


The doors into the gymnasium, HDRed into what I call the “Ivan Albright Affect”


What can I say. I’m a sucker for moodily lit hallways.


But that’s not why you come here. This is why you come here.


Whatever your beliefs may be (I skew rather heathen), it’s hard to not be affected by the sight of something that was once so grand and so important to so many brought so low.



  • csamanthas
    February 20, 2013 Reply

    Reblogged this on C. Samantha S. and commented:
    The lighting is perfect for the type of atmosphere that is trying to be portrayed. Also getting some details in the shadows as well as the highlights (HDR) was a great decision, I think the “dirtiness” is just as important as the light shining through. Bravo!

  • Paisley Avocado
    February 22, 2013 Reply

    I’m also a sucker for long, run-down hallways with open doors. I’m pretty much in the heathen category too, but church architecture is always beautiful and humbling.

    • tabularasa88
      March 1, 2013 Reply

      Thank you!

  • idiotphotographer
    February 22, 2013 Reply

    That last one takes the cake for sure, great work!

  • Sometimes Interesting
    May 23, 2013 Reply

    That last picture is absolutely ridiculous. Ridiculous!

    I can haz? 🙂

    (and the moodily lit hallway, for that matter? I’m a sucker for those too!)

    • tabularasa88
      May 23, 2013 Reply

      Thank you! You can haz. And if hallways are your thing, I’ll post more. I was talking with IP on the last trip about how that’s such an easy shot, I kinda stopped taking them. I’ve got to stop being such a hipster about these things.

      • Sometimes Interesting
        May 23, 2013 Reply

        Ha, thanks!

        I’ll give you an easy line to draw in the sand regarding being a hipster: don’t ever say you’re going to “Instagram” a picture.

        Don’t. Just….. don’t. 😀

  • makeupwithkokerface
    May 23, 2013 Reply

    Heart breaking but so beautifully captured!

    • tabularasa88
      May 23, 2013 Reply

      Thank you!

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