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By Mike Boening
If you have experienced urban exploring in an abandoned building you know how loud the silence actually is. The image here reminds me of that silence. It is from a vast building called The Fisher Body Plant 21 which was part of General Motors. The building has been abandoned since the early 90s. It once housed many workers who made bodies for cars with the Cadillac being the best known.
Going through these enormous abandoned plants can be very quiet because you are nearly alone, although I would suggest never going alone. The vast emptiness of the buildings that held 1,000s of employees are a photographer's play yard. Many areas offer tremendous lighting contrasts from very bright to very dark. This gives a photographer so many chances to experiment with the rules of exposure as well as breaking them.
If you are ever provided the opportunity to explore an abandoned building my suggestion is to take it. Remember to always think safety, proper clothing and shoe wear. Exploring with a small group of other like-minded photographers is also very important to not only share ideas on exposures but to watch out for each other as well. You will not be disappointed.
Technical aspects are taken with Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 lens. Processed in Aperture and then Silver Efex Pro 2.