Let me preface this by saying, I love my job. But it has been a long time since I have done a photo shoot just for fun. for creativity. for friendship. I think that's what every session used to be before I knew what I was doing. And while I'm very grateful to be able to now make a living at something I thoroughly enjoy, I still miss those days.
So I'm extremely excited to share this image (and a few more tomorrow) from a session that was just for fun. An opportunity to explore and pursue adventure. And laugh. Laugh a lot.
My gorgeous friend Shelby told me about a place called Centralia.
In short, it's a ghost town deep in the heart of the coal mining country of PA. It was evacuated due to an underground coal fire that's been burning underneath the town since the 1960's and is still burning today. It's caused parts of the highway to be completely unusable. You can even see smoke coming up through the large cracks in the asphalt.
CRAZY. I know.
Who knew this stuff actually happened outside of movies? Not californians, apparently.
Well we decided it would be the perfect place to do a photo shoot. So here's Shelby standing on a broken highway with a fifty year old coal fire burning beneath it...
This one is also perfect for my friend Laura's weekly photo challenge. The theme this week is "broken". (You can see her sweet blog and read more about her photo challenge here).
I'm going to be honest, we didn't plan this. In fact, I didn't even know about the challenge until a few days after I took this image. But I doubt I could have come up with something more appropriate if I'd had months to plan and shoot!
Be sure to stop by our-reflection.blogspot.com and say hello to Laura for us :)
More to come from our crazy Centralia shoot soon.