Abandoned Schoolhouse

I’ve got… ‘the block’… just lost for words today. And I write this stuff out in advance. I swear. But my dog ate my homework.

Anyway, here’s a fake Van Dyke Print (abandoned one-room schoolhouse in Walsh County, North Dakota) to look over while I try put together a script for tomorrow’s show. Please stay tuned…

About this image: faux van dyke print – digital photograph – highly manipulated


35 thoughts on “Abandoned Schoolhouse

  1. Nice. I’d like to see the inside.

    So, is there a Van Dyke filter or is this an approxmation of Van Dyke brown?

    Also, that’s the first time I ever wrote Van Dyke twice in the same sentence. (Just FYI ;-))

    • It’s an approximation… including edges, faint paper texture, extending ‘chemistry’ beyond the image in places… I’m sure there area Photoshop actions out there that do pretty much the same thing, though!

      Very impressive… will he go for the three-peat?! πŸ™‚

      • I know – some people are SO LUCKY! I had the pleasure of seeing him speak at the Maine historic society shortly after the book was published and even got him to sign my copy. Not only is he an amazingly gifted photographer, but an extraordinarily humble and grounded man. It’s one “picture” book I enjoyed reading as much as looking at the photographs. See if your local library has a copy to lend!

  2. This is awesome but why am I just seeing it for the first time!? It’s like I don’t even know you!!! πŸ˜›

    • The original wasn’t that great (it was uber-cloudy that day). It took lots of doctoring to get something out of it… and I just did so the other day.

      You don’t know me…
      You can’t judge me…

    • From standing on the corners boppin’…
      To drivin’ some of the hottest cars New York has ever seen…
      For droppin some of the hottest verses rap has ever heard…

    • The block is way too friendly!

      My Dad went to school there for a while… I’ve heard it had windows-n-such at the time.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Megan! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you! That’s two things you’ve taught me today: Robert Motherwell and Van Dyke brown.
    That dark brown was what I was after with my Prayer Plant pictue, I like that darker shade in preference to sepia. Softer than black but still bold. There’s an excellent air of mystery in this here image of yours.

    • Thank YOU, S.E. – you are always very kind!

      I’m not sure I quite got the ‘authentic shade’ down here… but I guess it works… maybe.

      I thought you handled your Prayer Plant very nicely – a little variation is what makes the world go around, you know (or… something along those lines)! πŸ™‚

  4. this is jus jus jus awesome fridge….i wish there was an option of seeing this image in a bigger frame…beautiful…the colours are jus perfect !

    • Thank you very much, Sonny!
      That’s very kind of you to say! I spent a long time messing with this one (it was quite flat as shot since it was very cloudy when I took the photo)…

  5. I really like old rustic falling down buildings for some reason…think of all their history πŸ˜€ Don’t worry about the dog eating your homework…you’ll get it!

    • I completely agree with you, Mary – places like this almost seem to have a tangible ‘life’ to them… so much history, as you say!

      Crazy dog. Why can’t he just stick to his Kibble-n-Bits?! πŸ™‚

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