#3 Evoke for­got­ten eras

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10clicks -

If you’re visit­ing any his­toric sites this sum­mer, why not take along your cam­era for a spon­ta­neous shoot? When Lisa Hol­loway (ljhol­lowaypho­tog­ra­phy.com) went on a road trip with her fam­ily she found the per­fect lo­ca­tion for some his­tory-in­spired por­traits...

“Last sum­mer my fam­ily and I ven­tured north to the wilder­ness of Mon­tana to spend some valu­able time in the great out­doors. One day we found our­selves in the ghost town of Ban­nack, a 19th-cen­tury gold min­ing town. I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the his­tory of the Amer­i­can west, and the dusty and eerie build­ings im­me­di­ately stirred my imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity. It was the per­fect lo­ca­tion for an im­promptu shoot with my seven-year-old daugh­ter, Oc­tavia.

“I al­ways travel with ‘pic­ture’ clothes, so we grabbed a pe­riod-look­ing dress from the mo­torhome and set off to ex­plore this amaz­ing town.

“Walk­ing into these de­cay­ing struc­tures was like tak­ing a step back in time. We found a ho­tel that had enor­mous win­dows in each room, so it was a lot of fun to find ways to utilise the light to cre­ate dra­matic, haunt­ing por­traits. Oc­tavia did an hon­ourable job of por­tray­ing a young girl from that long-lost era. The shots were dream­like and haunt­ing, al­most as if you were catch­ing a glimpse of a ghost from the past.”

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