Abandoned school

I’ve been looking through old photographs as I’ve thought about a subject for the photo book I’d like to produce. Reviewing photos from my Pentax KM, I found this 2013 photo of my dad. I used a 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax lens and Kodak TMax 400 film — which I mistakenly shot at 100. Fortunately, Photoshop rescued it and brought out strong contrast.

Dad’s walking down the steps of the four-room schoolhouse where his education began, now abandoned and decaying, in the coal-and-railroad town of Handley, West Virginia. As I grew up, he told stories of how he had to repeat the first grade because the first time through he simply refused to speak to the teacher all year, and of how that teacher used to delight in sadistically pushing children so they’d fall down the hill on which this school stands. Oy! Visiting Handley made all these stories I’d heard since childhood so much more real.


8 responses to “Captured: On the schoolhouse steps”

  1. roykarlsvik Avatar

    Great frame Jim, and touching words to go along with it. Tough times for a few going to school back in the days a few years from now.
    Thanks for the share!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you!

  2. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    Wonderful picture!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Joe!

  3. Linda Avatar

    Fantastic photo!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  4. Sam Avatar

    Fantastic! So sharp and clear with great tones.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! Amazing it turned out at all given my misexposure.

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