Sometimes as artists, we need to play. Really... playing is part of being creative and improving your skill set. I told my teenage son just last week that I wish I had a beautiful girl to just tag along with me all the time so that when I see a perfect spot we could take some awesome pictures, anytime, any day.
It's been two weeks since my last session, I needed a break. Not a break from taking pictures, I love it... it's my hobby and my job. But a break from the whole business side, once you build a business it becomes business. I refuse to let my hobby and my passion become a "job". So last week when we got back from Flordia, a wonderful family vacation that included Disney World... a fancy way of saying a mass of sweaty humanity standing in a petri dish of bacteria... waiting.... waiting... waiting. I HAD to shoot something I wanted to shoot... something dark and mysterious, something beautiful. So I started with the idea of Beauty Abandoned. There are so many places that have been lost to the world and are being overtaken by nature, its beautiful and mysterious.. I want it. If you know me you know my style varies. I can do, and love, to do happy and fun portraits but I also love the feel of the soulful, dark and mysterious portraits. I don't want to tell you how I got the shot, what the lighting was like. I want you to feel something when you see my pictures. I want you to see the soul of my subject, feel their pain or their happiness, see the beauty inside..
This girl... she is deep, she is an artist and I wanted to show that. We are all souls trapped between light and darkness, working through life to find the perfect balance. What do you feel when you see these images? Do they trigger anything in you? There is nothing that I love more than bringing an idea to life. God gave me a creative soul, I try to use it to the best of my ability. A gift that isn't used well is useless.
Beauty Abandoned is about more than a building thats been forgotten... its about the soul. Society judges us on our looks and financial status while forgetting about the person inside, the heart that beats within us all. Beauty isn't about your status in the world, beauty is what lives inside of you, the broken pieces of your heart that you live through, the ones that make you stronger... and the ones that make you crumble. Its about loving one another through everything, no matter how broken you are or what you have to say about it. Humanity exists in all of us, we need to tear down walls and search the dark places of our heart to bring it back to life. There is light in the dark world and it lives within all of us.
Disclaimer: Lisa Hobbs Photography has permission to use all of her locations from the land owners. I in no way condone or agree with trespassing.