Empty office on Fujicolor 200

This is the office in which I work. Since the pandemic, we started hiring outside of central Indiana and now most of us work from home. I go in once or twice a week, and the place is usually nearly deserted. I wonder why I bother. But I figured an empty office might make a good subject. I brought in my Minolta Maxxum HTsi and the 35-80mm f/4-5.6 Minolta Maxxum Zoom lens one day, with some Fujicolor 200 inside.

Around the office
Around the office
Around the office
Around the office
Around the office
Around the office
Around the office

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17 responses to “Empty office on Fujicolor 200”

  1. Marc Beebe Avatar

    Well if you go in to take pictures … it’s worth it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Maaaaaybe. These photos took me moments but I was there all day!

  2. David Avatar

    That second photo down, the view through the window against the wall. It looks like a canvas on an easel, the colours and composition… fantastic!!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I liked how that one turned out too.

  3. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Ghost Office!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s like this most of the time. I wonder whether we’ll keep the office once the lease runs out.

  4. Suzassippi Avatar

    These are stunning! Love # 2, 5, and 7! That empty conference room with the windows behind is interesting.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      2 and 7 are my favorites as well!

  5. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Fabulous pictures – I love the one with the shadows on the wall. Feels haunting :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That one really turned out. I wasn’t sure whether the camera would balance the light and shadowy places well but it did.

  6. Christopher May Avatar
    Christopher May

    So often we photographers think about the great work we could be doing if we were only someplace else. Really good photographers can find compelling images wherever they are. This set certainly proves that concept. Excellent set of images with the opportunity at hand and the nice light.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I keep photographing the same places over and over again. There’s nothing else to do but look deeper!

  7. brandib1977 Avatar

    These are terrific! Although it makes you wonder why they’re holding onto such a large space if few come in.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah. We contracted to have this space built out before the pandemic, and then construction finished during the pandemic. We moved into the space just as I started in January of 2021. I’m sure we signed a long lease. The CEO told me that he considers having the space to be a competitive advantage, because it allows us to easily meet when we need to. But I can’t imagine how we keep affording it for the long haul when it gets so little use.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        We have seen a number of business going to a shared space model or just downsizing to a smaller space. I’m sure it’s a hard call after making that kind of investment.

  8. Khürt Williams Avatar

    I’ve worked remotely since 2020. I do no want to be in an office. Our entire team is located in different cities but the company now requires us to be in the office a few times a week. The only difference between working in the office is the commute and noise level. Corporate office on the east coast are open spaces with no walls and no privacy. I’m negotiating for one day a month. I have no interest in being in an office.

    FYI. Is it ok that you photographed your office? Most employers on this coast don’t allow it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I like being in the office when there are other people there. It’s nice to have the human contact. But under no circumstances do I enjoy the hour I spend in the car getting there and back.

      I didn’t ask my employer for permission. The images I made are all generic enough and do not show anything that would be considered company information that I feel safe doing this. This could be any office, anywhere.

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