|Ocala, Florida resident William Flood has traveled
more than forty five thousand miles: eleven
thousand miles on back roads in 35 different
states in the last 8 years, adding to this picture
collection of forgotten houses, barns, gas
stations, businesses, cars, trucks and tractors. Mr.
Flood has studied, in Maine, Washington State
and Virginia, both film and digital cameras,
composition, developing & darkroom techniques
as well as extensive studies of Photoshop .
|The "Forgotten in America" Series of photographs
“The objects photographed in this series may no longer
exist. I find, as I drive over roads previously
traversed, houses or barns have been torn down and
old cars have been towed away. Many of the structures
photographed in Louisiana and Mississippi were lost to
Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”
|My real interest in photography began with the purchase of my first
Pentax ME Super 35mm film camera in 1981. I have studied cameras,
composition, developing and darkroom techniques in Maine, Washington
State and Virginia. I worked extensively in Black and White for a
number of years. It was the use of this medium that drew my attention
to images of old buildings and vehicles.
In 2002 I switched over to an Olympus digital camera that I
purchased for a trip to Alaska. Later, trips to the Midwest made me a
convert to this newer technology. I currently use a Nikon D90 SLR
digital camera and make use of Photoshop CS in the preparation of my
prints. I never add anything to a photo but do use Photoshop to edit out
things like wires, telephone poles and non-essential background images
in my pictures.
I take pictures of things that catch my eye as I travel all over
America. With my two Jack Russell dogs, we travel up to 400 miles a
day on mostly back roads. After getting lost a few times I started
using the DeLorme Atlas maps to keep track of my routes but have now
progressed to a GPS unit to find my way home. Also, after having to
back up a number of times, sometimes for up to a half mile, to turn
around after encountering a washed out road, mud patch, or obstacle, I
have graduated to a four wheel drive pickup truck instead of my small
compact Pontiac Sunfire.