Did you ever wonder what an abandoned mansion looked like but could not get in? I did. Full access to an abandoned mansion close to down town Westport. This is the former home of Evelyn and Walter Langer inventors of a very popular perfume called White Shoulders.
I was raised in Westport so I know a lot of people here. Greeting me at the door was Bill Frawley He works for the town and had the keys to let me in. I graduated Staples High with his brother Mike. Actually, I went through Saugatuck Elementary and Bedford Middle School as well. Bill took me to the basement and said I should start photographing there. He told me stories how the house was haunted and said he would come back in 2 hours to see if i made it…. or had finished shooting. On his way up the stairs he yelled over his shoulder that he was just kidding.
The house was a little spooky because of drafts which caused doors to move and the furnace to kick in.
Most of the house was shot on tripod with time exposures and available light. In some cases I would use strobes just to fill in dark areas.