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last dance.

I’ve held off posting these images until now for several reasons. The most important being that I feel they needed their own post, separate from all the previous dance images. Simple in location and lighting, these, alone, just need to breathe with you for a while. Although these were one small part of a longer session with Mallory, to me, they sum up all of what I wanted this project to portray. Dance of this caliber is fascinating to me. It is complex, defiant, graceful, resilient, provocative, expressive, and dreamlike. It is a beautiful art that deserves more respect

I want to again thank all the dancers and Kenyon College for letting me work through this process.



mount vernon bible college.

The most vivid nightmare I had as a child is one that I can recall to this day. Partially because I had it several times over the span of a few years, but mostly because it terrified me. If you’ve never seen it, the original Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is, by far, the most troubling horror film for me to watch. It’s by no means gory or violent, but the starkness of Dracula’s face combined with the deafening silence are the perfect mixture to paralyze me to the point I can feel my heart beating in my ears. Although not a person, the location in the film is a truly haunting character. It’s a cold, dark, and unforgiving environment not unlike a sepulcher.

Fast forward to last autumn where I was reminded of that ominous place and the same paralyzing fear.

The following images are among the last taken in and around the Mt. Vernon Bible College. Built in the 1860s, this place is now a dying structure. If it weren’t for my friend, Drew Ernst, I likely would not have had the courage continue past the first doorway. The air was dank and the shadows were heavy. The entire building is filled with uncertainty, and, some say, paranormal activity. For the first time in my life, going into this building I felt a chill I’ve never felt before and the cold sensation of someone standing behind me letting me know I was not welcome here.


The entire western side of this building has given way and four stories have collapsed in on itself.
This chair was sitting at the very top of the stairs, which is particularly disturbing because it meant someone had been (or was still) up there using it as a lookout.
This mattress laid at the innermost room of the building on the very top floor…someone clearly had put it there because it felt like the safest and most protected area of the building. What I find particularly disturbing is the brick laying next the bed. Notice it has two nails hammered through it for use as a weapon.

Shortly after I visited, this building was filmed for a special on the ScyFy channel. The documentary of paranormal activity is titled Children of the Grave II. A few days after the film was wrapped, the building caught fire which resulted in extensive smoke and crippling water damage. It has since been boarded off completely in preparation for its eminent collapse.

April 8, 2012 - 9:25 pm

James - I obviously love everything you guys do….But this set blows my mind!

February 29, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Jessica - Creepy, but at the same time strangely beautiful.

meggie & bernardo.

we had the absolute pleasure of being asked to travel down to naples, florida on new years eve to photograph meggie & bernardo’s wedding. we first met this family when we photographed meggie’s older sisters wedding, so it was wonderful seeing familiar faces again! everything about their big day was elegant and beautiful…and the warm florida sunshine didn’t hurt either. thank you again you guys for allowing us to be there to photograph your big day…we wish you nothing but lots of love and happiness always.


l. & r.

*on a little side note all of these blog images have been processed with the VSCO pre-sets…this is our first time using them, and we’re pretty stoked with the results…we love that feel of grain and film that these images have.*

without further ado, here are just a few of our favorite images from meggie & bernardo’s day.

*happy 2012!*

October 15, 2013 - 10:20 am

evelyn, meggie & bernardo. » openFieldphotography. - […] meggie & bernardo, you guys ROCK. and sweet evelyn, thanks for keeping us on our toes. […]

March 6, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Caitlin Sullivan - Love-ly! 🙂

happy b-day robbie. :)

happy birthday to you.

happy birthday to you.

happy birthday dear ROBBIE!

happy birthday to you.

…and many more. 🙂

it’s this guys birthday today…leave him some love below. and go over to his FB page and leave some love there too. 🙂

he’s cute.

all of our love,

l. and homer.

January 31, 2012 - 8:40 pm

dolly latte - Happy Birthday Robbie! May this be one of your bestest b-days!!!

January 31, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Aunt Dar - Happy Birthday Robbie !! Hope you have a great day and many more !!!!!

January 31, 2012 - 4:04 pm

melanie - hbd robbie!


In a lot of ways my exploration of dance photography began three years ago with this person. It feels appropriate to conclude my recent study with her again. Mallory is a professional dancer that travels all over the world performing. Her credentials are endless, and they are only surpassed by her kindness and generosity. Based out of New York, she carved out a good portion of her Christmas vacation to spend time being photographed by me back home at Kenyon. I grew up with Mallory; as I knew her in high school, she was shy and unassuming. What she’s grown into is nothing short of incredible. She’s an explosive and expressive dancer. And, someone I am very proud to call a friend. I can’t take a lot of credit for these images. As you can see, all she really needs is a location to turn it into her own stage.

January 31, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Alison - Holy moly, RG! I am continually floored by your technical and creative abilities. The voice in these images sings loudly. I am very proud of you.

January 30, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Jessica Strickland - wow. wow. wow. wow.

January 30, 2012 - 11:53 am

Jessica - Absolutely amazing photos!

January 30, 2012 - 11:38 am

Dawn - Beautiful… absolutely beautiful

January 30, 2012 - 10:07 am

Charisse - Beautiful.

January 30, 2012 - 10:07 am

Ryan - Nice work Robbie!

January 30, 2012 - 10:04 am

Carie McKinney - Robbie – you should pat yourself on the back…these are breathtaking!!!

January 30, 2012 - 10:02 am

John Moon - Beautiful images and form.

January 30, 2012 - 9:52 am

lauren. - amazing. simple as that. awesome job. and mallory…you my friend ROCK. 🙂