Waiting Room

Waiting Room

 Thanks for the way the last repost of photos was received. Apart from the new photos I will do more remastering and reposting of the early days. This particular photo was taken in a beautiful rugged valley in an abandoned railstation’s waiting room. Here‘s the original.

(1/80, F3.5, ISO400, 10mm)


91 thoughts on “Waiting Room

    • Dank je, het licht en de verf die ze 40 jaar geleden achter lieten werken meestens goed samen in deze verlaten Spaanse dorpjes…
      Groet, Ron.

    • Muchas gracias, Lexi. Guess lots of people still think this is feo, but good to know there´s still some bueno to be found in it 😉
      Greetz, Ron.

  1. This is my goal I have no idea how to achieve — but you model the possibility. To paint with light and the colors it embodies instead of with oils —
    The stunning photo is a painting in the best sense, absolutely wonderful!

    • Wow, thats a great compliment, thank you so much for that; I guess I´m given so much opportunities similar to this in Spain that sometimes you get lucky 😉
      Greetings and all the best, Ron.

    • Thanks, Tim! Not sure what the fuction of this room was, if it was indeed a waiting room for trainpassengers or employees, but it holds a lot of stories for sure.
      Greetings, Ron

    • Thanks very much, Meredith. I’m just over at your site enjoying the valley of fire shots – really nice and brings back good memories of a holiday in SW US. Greetings, Ron

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    • Thanks a lot, Truels, wish I could back to visit these abandoned villages too; there were so much more around my Zaragoza in the province of Aragon than there are around Madrid. Amazing places for photography and history!
      All the best, Ron.

    • Haha, thats amazing, you point to one of my two favorite directors, Tarkovsky (and Kurosawa) especially because of his photography and amazing use of atmosphere and light, a true master and inspiration for me. Therefor your compliment makes me very happy, thanks for that and best to you, John!

      • My pleasure.

        Your use of high-key contrast in many of your images reminds me of the similar way Tarkovsky used it in The Mirror and Stalker. It especially reminds me of his films when you use that treatment on disintegrating interiors–places he would’ve had an affinity for.

        • Well, even better 😉 thx
          Stalker is my favorite movie ever and I guess his eye for contrast, abandoned places, texures but especially framing of shots and the use of light is unsurpassed in cinema imo! The Mirror has it too, but I think it’s more obvious in Stalker than anywhere else…
          And guess this influenced me a lot in photography where I’m trying to portray the story and the atmosphere of a place- especially cuz most of these places have dark histories too….

          • Your comments are intriguing.

            I’ve photographed abandoned buildings here as well but they don’t “speak” in the same manner. I think it’s the atmosphere of place, as you say. With Tarkovsky’s interiors (and your pictures) – there’s a sense of history. We don’t have that here…(well, we do…but it’s a different feeling).

            Not sure which my favorite film is–probably a three way tie between Stalker, The Mirror and Solaris. There are individual scenes which I could watch five or six times a day without tiring. People have tried to say Malick is the closest thing we have to Tarkovsky….there’s no comparison in my book!

            Keep shooting this stuff–it’s great that your love for his work has found expression!

            • Great to find another admirer too!
              I love lots of old french, italian, japanese movies too; only thing I think is different with Tarkovsky that he makes settings and places speak too, not only the actors. Agree with you that especially some scenes capture the viewer the best; for me Stalker stands out, with Mirror and Rublev close, cuz Stalker is just a cumulation of great scenes and philosophies! Solaris didnt work that well for me.
              I think the only one in ‘modern’ cinema that comes close is Bela Tarr, his Turin Horse being one of the best films I’ve seen last couple of years, but also his old work is superb, shame Turin Horse was the last thing he wanted to show us, but it is amazing imo..

              Thanks for your comparison, never thought it out so much, but guess youre right in him being of great influence to me…

  3. Thank you for taking a look at (and liking) by blog. You are an amazing photographer! This one in particular speaks to me…I absolutely love the photo and the way you edited it. I also agree wholeheartedly with what others have said about it looking like a painting. Brilliant!!

    • Thank you for coming around here too, Nikki; great to read you like my photos!
      Hope there will be more coming up that you like, will definitely be revisiting lots of old abandoned photos from last almost two years…
      Soms of your photos are really very impressive too, nice ot have found your blog.
      GReetings from Spain, Ron.

    • Thanks, Raed, it’s one a single exposure photo, with the original i used the raw (i always shoot in RAW) to get some more light and detail in the darker parts, but in the ‘remastered’ version I used the same single-exposure RAW file to get the real colors and contrast back!
      Greetz, Ron.

  4. What a wonderful idea! A picture a day. This picture is stunning… I can’t wait to explore more of your site. And thank you so much for stopping by mine! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year.

    • Wow, thanks very much, Jessica, not going for one a day (did that for a year) but still regular posting and reposting will go on 😉
      Your story is very impressive and very glad to have you around still after such an accident.
      Greetings and a great new year to you too, Ron.

    • Thank you, Charles, these places have so many stories and the fact that they’re left as they were a long time ago (most of em more than 40 years!) keeps those intense feelings alive, i think

  5. An ideal subject very well photographed. The richness of the second photo – the control of tones, saturation of colours, textures etc – indicates how far your own expectations have changed. Excellent Rondje.

    • Thank you very much, Louis, totally different in this image compared to the old one; one thing I noticed with some of the old ones that i wanted to get more detail out of the shadow then there was in reality, so definitely back to the real contrasts or would that just be my memory?!

    • Gracias, Juan Carlos, pasa nada, mi espanol esta malo tambien, pero thanks for taking time out to compliment me, me gusta tu blog tambien, saludos, Ron

  6. This image is just stunning – I am an artist and I am always looking for the texture, the age effects, the worn…..the sould of things. You have captured it so beautifully here. Thank you for this image! I wish I could hang it on my wall.

    • Hola Jo Ann, thanks very much for your compliment, those elements are definitely trying to find when visiting these abandoned rural villages; they have so many of em! Maybe one day it will be possible to put it on your wall 😉

    • Thank you, David, my feeling is that I did a little bit too much on the lightening of shaded parts and nowadays I rather let the original contrast between dark and light prevail!

    • Gracias, I think my view of the end-result has changed quite a bit thanks to my own change and all the feedback and finding out which ones are liked more than othere. Saludos, Ron

    • haha and wow, thank you, Margaret, thats so cool to hear and love the comparison, big admirer of them, although sometimes their subjects are a bit ‘aged’ 😉

  7. This is so incredibly lush and beautiful. Looks like a classic painting. One of your finest (in my opinion). Amazing work.

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