Thursday, September 18, 2008

Location Scouting Uncovers Hidden Gems

When you're in search of cool places to make photographs, you almost never know what you might encounter. The image above came from a scout during a shoot at the Ulupalakua Winery. After wrapping the meat & potatoes of the assignment, we began to wander around lesser travelled areas of the property. This particular area was once the home of the late renown artist Reems "Mitch" Mitchell. Reems was the man responsible of the life-size, resin-cast sculptures of old sea captains and cowboys that you find scattered around the tourist areas of the island. Hermit-like, Reems lived within the walls of the old, dilapidated Ulupalakua sugar mill in a home he constructed himself from mostly salvaged timbers of an sunken ship off the coast of Lahaina. The house still stands... the day I made this photograph it had been unoccupied for quite a long time & the grounds had overgrown. The image has been sitting on storage drives for a couple of years until a came across it again this morning and decided to play with it a little bit. I rather like the result.

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