While on a Staycation (“too broke for a vacation out of state or out of town”) recently, my girlfriend came up with an idea for a day trip/photo adventure. She’s a great photographer, and the one to blame for me getting into photography again.
Anyway, she pitched checking out a series of run down tourist attractions in the Irish Hills area of Michigan, on the highway of US-12.
I of course jumped at the chance to take photos of decaying tourist traps. This post will be the first in a series.
I have no idea what this used to be. Maybe a bear of some kind? I messed with the colors in Photoshop. It was in a cave at an abandoned mini-golf/go-kart place.
More after the break!
This guy has seen better days.
I couldn’t decide what to do with this other giraffe photo, so I made it black and white (used the Blue color channel in Photoshop). It has a spooky stare.
I love all of the decay and color on this hippo thing. It looks like it was some kind of sprinkler/hose deal. The spray paint in the background adds a nice touch. Colors messed with in Photoshop.
More to come! I have a bunch, so I’ll do some from this series here and there.
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