Shooting Iconic Places…..

Architecture, Black and White

Do you have any of those must shoot, iconic places or landmarks close to home? One of those places you’ve photographed a hundred times? Well I think we all do and as much as we hate to go back to those places again and again, we go anyway.

This is one of those places, the famous Casino Building in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a shell (literally) of it’s former self but people still come from all over just to get a glimpse of some of the fascinating history here in Monmouth County. Just last week when I was shooting here a mother and daughter approached me asking a variety of questions about this building and the town next door, Ocean Grove. They were from New Hampshire.

Casino BuildingSo what approach do you take when visiting a place like this in your “neck of the woods”. I recently found a couple of articles on shooting these such places and the most consistent recommendation was to shoot at non-traditional angles, at non-typical hours, and under extreme environmental conditions. All designed to capture these familiar places in the most nontraditional manner.

I can’t say that I captured all of those suggestions in this shot, but my intent was to present something rather unique for an all to familiar subject. Now I know for most of my viewers this scene is fairly new to you but I’ve posted shots of this landmark several times before. They can be seen here and here. Unique enough?

So, what about you? Have one of these iconic landmarks in your neck of the woods? Why not share it with us by posting a link in the comments section for all to see? Would love to see it!

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8 thoughts on “Shooting Iconic Places…..

  1. Great contrast between shadows and highlights…this angle makes it look vacant (and kinda scary to enter).

    One of my favorite spots is the Old Market Passageway Gallery. Believe it or not, I have not posted a pic of this on my blog in some time, so here it is on my facebook page:

  2. This shot is certainly ominous and brooding. As you said, for most of us, since the place is unfamiliar, there’s a certain compelling element that you may not experience because you know it so well. Unless we are lucky enough to be National Geographic photographers, we do end up going back to favorite spots. I don’t know if you’ve checked into my blog over the years we’ve been doing these challenges, but over and over again, I post pictures of Paper Goods Pond. If a place has enough in it that it draws us back as people, we will as photographers find a way to draw out all the elements that make it so important to us.

    1. You’re right about drawing out every
      element… I do recall some of the posts on this pond. Kind of like my posts from turkey swamp park….

  3. Love the dark broodiness of this view of the Casino – and also the previous photos you shared. This looks familiar to me. Was it the setting for an interior scene in The Sopranos or one of the Godfather movies? I keep expecting Tony or Michael Corleone to show up.

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