The town used in this senior photo session is called Haralson, and I affectionately refer to it as my little ghost town. There are only about 50 households on the neighboring streets and the entire town is only .7 square miles. It is the main street that I fell for.
One of the buildings has a marking of 1909 upon its brick broken step. Most of the buildings are just store fronts with a door and merchant windows. If you walk to the side of the buildings, you will find that the walls are missing as are the roofs. Instead of floor tile, you find trees and flowers growing. Doors are hung without the glass centers, making it possible to just walk through. All the buildings are made of different textures. Several of the buildings are brick, several more are wood, and then there are the magnificent metal structures that were part of a plant back in another time. The town speaks of a time that has since passed. It is my photographer’s paradise.
The day I scouted the town, I noticed that something seemed off. While all of the structure seems old, there were a couple of buildings where some of the oldness seemed new. It took but a moment to figure out that the movie “The Wettest County in the World” with Shai LaBeouf, had built the set as an extension to the real town. I figured it out once I turned the corner of one structure and realized the buildings were just facades and the backs we new raw plywood. This was the second time that a place I scouted turned out to be part of this movie. The set no longer stands but the beauty of the real town still remains.
My client liked the idea of the town I described to her and was not shy to enter the rubble and bring the photos of my imagination to life. I hope you enjoy.