Having always been a massive fan of Nikon used the gear from the beginning to now, I was chuffed to have been featured in My Nikon Life.Even better was the fact that they were kind enough to lend me a Nikon D810 instead of having to use my old Nikon D7000 with AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED , AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED lenses, and take it to Japan no less, on the simple request that I try to not 'destroy' the gear.
Seemed like a fair ask to me.
This was one of the most fun-filled adventures of my life to date. I was just working in a job, unsatisfied with how my life was turning out and having been that way for 17 years.
We took this trip to Japan, and I resigned from my job two weeks later to focus on Lost Collective. Truth be told it has been a lot harder than I expected.
I've been chipping away through the photos, still to this day, processing, editing, metadata, research, copywriting and publishing plus trying to keep on top of new stuff for the future!
But I wouldn't do it unless I loved it.
In a world of truly mindblowing photographers that Nikon supports, I am eternally grateful to have been able to fit into the picture to tell my story.
A regular after-work drive past a deserted old building sparked a curiosity in Brett Patman.
Thinking the building would be an interesting photography subject, he snuck into the space one weekend to take photos. A new obsession unfolded and the Lost Collective project was born.
The project has grown a strong following, with the story of each site’s past as endearing as the images themselves. Scenes of crumbling stairs abandoned workbenches and empty halls are eerily beautiful and Brett’s signature dark tones and high level of detail create interest in what are often long-forgotten structures.
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