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Local photographer’s exhibit coming to Besser Museum

Photographer Ted Fines chats with former Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Vicki Fields about mounting his pictures on Wednesday afternoon.

Alpena — Local Photographer Ted Fines watched his photographs go up on the wall of the Besser Museum Wednesday afternoon.

His exhibit ‘Remnants’ features 15 years of photography centered around urban and rural decay. Many photos feature abandon buildings and items that have been lost to time.

“People say why would you want to take pictures of abandon buildings,” said Ted Fines. “There’s a tremendous amount of art and you can look at art in  different ways, you can look at the light to manipulate as a photographer, you can look at shapes, you can look at a perspective, and look at all sorts of things that makes it look good.”

Fines also serves as Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan. He has been practicing urban exploring in cities all over Michigan for the past 15 years. His experiences have taken him to areas that have felt the effects of economic depression, where buildings and homes have been left behind to decay. Each adventure brings a different story and experience for the photographer.

“The rush…it’s hard to explain it but when you walk into a building and you’re by yourself and all you have is a bag and your lens and your camera in your hand…and you walk into a building you’ve never been in… it’s like opening King Tut’s tomb,” said Fines.

The exhibit kicks off on August 5th and runs until October 22nd. A reception for the exhibit will be held on August 11th from 3:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. Food will be provided.