Michael Eastman is a contemporary photographer who has become famous for his beautiful photos of decaying ruins. He compares himself to a painter, wielding his camera like a brush and seeing the world as a palette, full of lush colors and textures, patinaed surfaces, and, always, light. He shuns the use of artificial light and uses long exposure times instead, waiting as long as it takes for the natural illumination of the room to expose his film properly. “I’m drawn to things that either reflect light or transmit light,” he says. Through precise framing, Eastman makes the overlooked extraordinary and, often, abstract. “You can’t do more as an artist than change the way a person sees the world,” he says.
Here are some examples of ways Michael Eastman has taken gorgeous photos of ugly places:
Today we will:
- take photos of subjects we would normally overlook
- create a new blog post with the photos we took during today’s class