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I had the pleasure earlier this month of photographing two photographers from Iowa. Sarah and Erin came down on a Saturday and spent the weekend with me snapping who knows how many frames.

The first location we went to was an open field with an abandoned home and some rusted out vehicles. It had been pretty sunny the week of the shoot so I figured that it would be pretty easy to get in and out. I was definitely wrong.

Sarah Skow photographed inside an old truck in Columbia, Missouri by David Bickley

You wouldn’t know it from the photographs but, it was insanely muddy. I didn’t realize this until I had already driven my poor car halfway up the sludge-like road leading to the location, parked and tried to get out. So, fifteen minutes later when I’ve gotten my car back on solid ground we get to start shooting.

Erin Kirchhoff photographed in Columbia, Missouri by Photographer David Bickley


After that little hang up things went pretty smooth. It’s a bit awkward for us photographers to be in front of the camera but, Sarah and Erin got used to it and I think we made some great photographs as a result.

Sarah Skow taking pictures from an old truck in Columbia, Missouri. Photographed by David Bickley

Sarah Skow photographing David Bickley through broken glass in Columbia, Missouri. Photograph by David Bickley

We moved on to downtown Columbia after we cleaned up from the mud pit. I think that giant metal staircases and back alleys make some of the most interesting images.

Erin Kirchhoff standing at the top of a three-story metal staircase in Columbia, Missouri. Photographed by David Bickley

There is so much color and grit in old buildings and dirty streets. How could you not make a photograph from it?

Erin Kirchhoff standing outside of a radio station in Columbia, Missouri photographed by David Bickley

A lot of people want to restore old buildings and don’t get me wrong, I’m all for preserving history. I just think that broken down structures are a beautiful thing.

Sarah Skow standing against a white door in Columbia, Missouri. Photographed by David Bickley

Overall, I had a great time working with Sarah and Erin. They are very kind, interesting people.

Erin Kirchhoff pondering her next shot in Columbia, Missouri. Photography by David Bickley

If you want to check out their work you can find them at www.thelocketonline.com

Thanks for coming out ladies, it was fun.