Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Curiosity Often Leads To Trouble: Jessica K Photography

Hello everyone! This is a bit of a follow up to a set I released a few days ago which you can find here.
I wanted to include these images as a separate set as they had a very different feel to the ones we shot down at the falls, a little bit of a mish mash of editorial featuring abandoned exploration, enjoy!

I was way too excited when I saw this building
"Is that... is that abandoned? IT'S ABANDONED" *swerves off the road* 

I believe it was a community art gallery and centre?

Not a very stable entrance

Nature has started to reclaim

Unfortunately the place was locked up, and i'm not into breaking and entering

When we made our way down the back of the property, there was another backyard that looked quite overgrown and unkept next door. So we decided to check it out. The backyard was just weeds and unwanted household items, obviously abandoned, but the house was in pretty good condition.

There was a door outside the house which sparked wonderland themed in my head, so we shot an image there and from there we headed upstairs to the house. The basement under the house wasn't in too bad condition, just looked as if they thew everything they didn't want down there.

When we headed upstairs to the balcony we noticed beer bottles and childrens toys, nothing out of the ordinary, it just looked as if a family moved out and some people had been partying there after the fact, which is common in most of the abandoned buildings I come across.

When I took a step more towards the front door, I noticed the house was in near to perfect condition, no graffiti, fairly clean floors, just random things all over the floor basically. Near the kitchen bench there was a calender (Which is always cool because you get to see how long the place was left for, quite exciting I believe) it had the month of January, 2015. That is when I looked to the left of the house and saw a suitcase and Lily noticed new shoes...

We then heard low mumbling whispers in the next room... So we bolted. We were both in thongs, so you can just imagine the flippity flap of two frightened girls bolting down old stairs and into the backyard of weeds and junk. Poor lily was in a nightgown!

We went through the property of the abandoned dome and laughed the whole way to the car and along the winding country roads.

Next stop was Lily's 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Lillian: Jessica K Photography x Lily Cottrell

The end of this life, starts when she was sent to fetch water from the well but decided to gather from the river instead.
No one fetched from the river as they said it was cursed, but Lillian hadn’t cared for wise tales before, and had no the motivation to travel further to the well. 
The story went that the river was cursed by a bitter warlock who had cast an incantation into the river in retaliation of his heartbreak of his secret lover’s death at sea, if he held the power he would have cursed the entire ocean, but he was limited and from that day on whoever entered the water would be paralysed while their flesh was slowly stripped from their body, sinking into the depths below.
She was from then on destined to spend a hollow afterlife in the shallow waters of what is now known as the river of bones. If you go down to the river nowadays, the curse no longer haunts the waters, but is instead haunted by the emaciated ghost of Lillian, if you dip your feet into the water and look beneath your toes, you can still see the feint silver sparkling of her eyes and the ethereal mist of her white dress beneath the water.


This image was accepted into Photo Vogue

Thank-you for viewing <3

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Roadtrip To Melbourne: Jessica K Photography

So... I moved to Melbourne! Finally. 

Ash and I began our roadtrip from Brisbane on Saturday the 21st after an amazing night at riverstage seeing Ed Sheeran. 

A little stopover in Byron Bay, we unfortunately found that the markets weren't on that day but that's okay!

The whole way down there were abandonments that I couldn't stopover and look at as we had a time limit, but this was one of them I could at least get out and take a quick photo

All of our stuff crammed into my tiny carola

Byron Bay

My lens was foggy from the car...

We stopped in a little town called Ulmarra which was the most cliche country town, and just as we were about to leave this little girl's father approached me and asked if I could get a photo with his daughter. She said she liked my tattoos and hair and her dad said that she was a bit weird, so stay weird kid! This was taken after she had the photo (she's holding the phone to her chest, aww precious!)

Our dinner... It is safe to say we felt quite sick afterward

I was obsessed with the light at our motel

We stayed in coffs harbour for the night

So, it started storming and the reception went out. Typical.

Good morning!

Me? Waking up before the sun?

Roadtrip companion

This is shadow (If you look hard enough there is a cow in the back of the trailer) we followed him for a while cringing the whole way, he looked very uncomfortable and im still surprised that is legal. 

A stormy welcome to Sydney

Roadtrip life line

We stayed the night in Goulburn which is 'the first inland city' and I fell in love with the buildings. 

Chasing the light

We had the best toasted muesli in the morning and we were off again to stay in Melbourne that night.

We played Panic! At the Disco, their Too Weird Too Rare To Die! album, it was so dry it felt very vegas-like... Vivid imagination.

Wind farm, something we need more of

And we're in Melbourne!

We were greeted by lavender at our hotel for the night

No matter how long I live in this city, I feel like I will always be a tourist. It is too beautiful.

An apartment's courtyard

We picked up the keys to the apartment and just like that... We have our own place!

To cut a long story short, an English couple were moving back to England and they kindly sold us their hardly used bed for cheap and gave us their couch, microwave and miscellaneous other household items for a bottle of wine. This means I could get setup with a desk and chair quicker than expected due to our financial situation... Broke as hell.

Our foggy Melbourne view


I feel so grateful to now call this city home,  it's still taking a bit of getting used to and I am missing my family and friends but this move is definitely for the best and it's one step closer to my dreams.