Cinematic Utah: Back in Business

Previously: The Price is Right

By the end of 2010, I had photographed 17 theaters across the state, including one that has since been torn down (the Cinedome in Riverdale). Now that the winter weather is behind us (mostly), Cinematic Utah is back in business for 2011.

One of the biggest challenges I face with this project is how to deal with the unpredictable elements that I am dealt. Typically I don't have much leeway in when we are passing through these remote areas. Sometimes the sun is at a less than ideal angle. Sometimes it is raining or snowing. Sometimes a crazy guy is talking to himself while pacing in front of the ticket office. You just never know.

In a world where I had no responsibilities, I would spend a few days in each town to capture a wider range of conditions. It would also be fun to meet the owners and get inside to shoot interiors. I could certainly also benefit from a formal photography class or two. Many of the shots in this growing collection feel like rough drafts, which can be chalked up to my limited technical skills.

My ultimate dream of assembling a coffee table book is a long way off, but it's been fun to have an ongoing, purely creative project like this on my plate. Plus, Kristen and I enjoy checking out hidden corners of the state we wouldn't normally see.

Ritz Theatre #1 // Tooele // 4.16.11

Ritz Theatre #2 // Tooele // 4.16.11

Casino Star Theatre #1 // Gunnison // 4.29.11

Casino Star Theatre #2 // Gunnison // 4.29.11

1 comment:

Cheeseboy said...

I love the series you've done. This are great pics too.

I'd love to do the same thing with old, abandoned Elementary Schools that are still standing around the state. I am fascinated by them and their empty classrooms.