Trapping out the Bandos Vlog #1

           So I have a love for exploring and photography. I have recently gotten into making videos, specifically vlogging. I’ve tried before but I wasn’t very confident with my filmmaking and story telling. Now, I think I’m ready! Here’s goes nothing! 

          My latest vlog hanging with the amazingly talented Mia (@memorieswithmia) in an undisclosed abondined building! Check out the video and also Mia’s page! 

 

Shot it on my Sony a7iii with Samyang 35mm f1.4 AF

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

Urban exploration, urbex, has become my therapy of choice lately. Just me, my camera, the city streets and my thoughts. I live a very busy life and I rarely take time for myself to unwind, so wandering around alleys and rooftops has become my outlet.  My mom always told me to stay out the streets, but I always end up back in them exploring. I guess I never listened. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken belong to one901 and can not be used in any way without consent.  

Had to get the legal ish out the way! Here's a photo tour of my adventure.

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

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All the way up! 

All the way up! 

Views of the Exchange Building. This was the very first rooftop I've ever been on. July of 2016. I just bought my camera and went to a photographer meet up. Best choice I made even though I was scared to death! God the photos from that day are terrible! Lol. Thank goodness for progression! 

Memphis it's an extremely beautiful city that really shines when you have the time to take in the details. Of course it looks boring from 240. You have to get out and get lost before you start to see the little things.   

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

In all the times I've been in downtown Memphis, I've never in my life gone to City Hall. Ever! I kinda knew where it was, but never actual been close to the building. It definitely looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s. A refresh would be cool. Maybe with some cool exterior lighting. 

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Front St traffic

Front St traffic

A quick stop by the Peanut Shoppe always brings back memories of my grandmother. She would ride the bus to Easy Way on Main and we would always stop by the Peanut Shoppe. My dad would also take me there each time we were downtown and buy us rock candy. Great great memories. 

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

By this time I was hungry and lost in thoughts. What was I thinking? I honestly don't remember but it was more than likely about my life in general. This is where I put the camera down and just enjoyed the day. Can't always snap pics. 

So what did I learn on this day? Always look both ways before crossing the street. I was almost hit a couple times.  

RIP Eric   

RIP Eric   

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

A ballerina in the river

            I recently took Maddy down to the "beach" area somewhere near Wolf River. No, I won't tell you how to get there. That's what exploring all about. Get out there and get lost! Anyways, I've been testing out my new Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8 lens and decided this was a great place to snap a few pics. This is by far one of the sharpest lens I have ever used. The weather wasn't the best but we made the best of the beach, river and her tutu! Here are some photos from this little in town adventure. 

 

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Sand castles  

Sand castles  

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Something touched my foot!!! 

Something touched my foot!!! 

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Trappin out the Bando

       I love exploring. The thrill of finding a hidden gem coupled with the fear of finding a pack of crazed dogs or zombies is exhilarating. I've never ran into a zombie, but I've run across some very interesting people just hanging out in random abandoned places. 

          Which brings me to my latest adventure. I was on a photoshoot when I decided to do a little exploring to find some unique shots. What I found was a bando. Unfamiliar with the lingo? Well, its an abandoned building basically. These are hit or miss because sometimes homeless people occupy these spaces and sometimes don't take kindly to people intruding on their turf.  

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photo cred: @zaahirarihel

photo cred: @zaahirarihel

        This home was located under a bridge and covered in all sides by trees and shrubs. Of course I can't give the actual location out. Seeing how there was no front door, anything could have been inside. Luckily it was daylight out or I might not have gone in. 

photo credit: @zaairarihel

photo credit: @zaairarihel

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        Everything was pretty quiet inside. There was an overturned recliner and empty cigarettes packs everywhere. Ironically there was a city notice that anyone that enters must sign in. The last signature was in 2012. Someone or multiple people had been living there. I confirmed that as I went I to the only bedroom in the home. 

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          After a while we started hearing noises. No I didn't go alone. You never know when you might need backup in a bare knuckle street fight. I grew up in South Memphis, so I know not to adventure alone. I definitely want to go back and do a shoot there. It would also be a dope spot for a rap video. I'm just saying. What adventures have you been on? Any hidden spots you want to share? 

 

Technical info:  

Camera: Sony a7M2  

Lens: Sony FE 28mm F2

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Photo credit: @zaahirarihel

Photo credit: @zaahirarihel

Life is for Living

Michael B.  

#GrindCityMeet2017

           Recently, I got to link up with over 100 photographers, 20+ models, hoopers and other creatives for the GrindCityMeet. It's always amazing being around other photographers and learning new skills while having access to multiple models. I really felt like I upped my photography game as well. I got to experiment with different angles and between different wide and normal lenses. 

Check out the photos I took from the meet.  

           As you can see, it was a dope event and I can't wait until the next one. To see more pics from the meetup, go over to IG and search #grindcitymeet2017. Trust me, you will not be disappointed at all! Lots of dope individuals in this city! 

            A special shout out to #WeOWNtheNight_Tn, Live A Great Story, Co-Motion, City Tasting Tours, Bravestraps, And @webraw for organizing and sponsoring everything. Much love and respect to @johnnymeant for lighting the photography fire in Memphis!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.