No trespassing

I got busted this weekend.

When I set out of for my photo hike, I decided to just drive around looking for interesting stuff. That means old buildings, abandoned buildings.

There is an old gas station near Crestview. I’ve stopped there many… many times. Saturday, while I was circling around, trying to get different angles on shots, a truck pulled up in front of my car (which was definitely parked on the public right-of-way). Passenger’s side window rolled own and the driver asked if I “needed something.”

“No,” I said. “I’m just taking pictures. I thought this was an interesting old building.”

He then proceeded to inform me that I was on private property (no signs declaring intruders would be shot). I immediately said I would leave, and explained I didn’t know the site was anything other than an abandoned building.

Then he  grumbled something about abandoned property is still owned by someone. I didn’t stay around to argue that point – by definition abandoned means “deserted.” And, I wasn’t inside the building, only shooting from the parking lot.

I will admit though, that there have been a few houses I thought were derelict, and slowed down to stop, only to realize they were actually inhabited.

Here are a few shots from my criminal trespassing outing.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream

Unknown Mami
Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

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18 thoughts on “No trespassing

  1. Love this type of photo, too. Abandoned buildings and old rusting cars in shadowy half-light provide the perfect mood captures. Yours are excellent. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I think you handled the situation incredibly well – whenever I see potential owners during my explorations I approach them right away and make myself known. Most of them are friendly, too, just the “no trepassing” people usually are not that kind…


  3. Oh boy you’re a brave woman. Even if I’d like to shoot this kind of places I’m too scared to even go close…you never know whose hiding behind the corner…
    You make all this old and forgotten look so beautiful!


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