Abandoned School with Clown Babe Mackenzie Moltov

Our “Last To Leave” series with clown babe Mackenzie Moltov not only continues to be a real passion in our personal artistic projects, but it evolves, takes shape and becomes something entirely different with each beautifully abandoned building we’re fortunate enough to photograph.  Our goal is always to honor the space, and to try to tell a story, whether it’s an abandoned amusement park, swinger’s resort or mental institution. Every time I think we have enough shoots to complete the art book that this will one day become, a new opportunity presents itself, and we will never say no to an amazing opportunity to create more art.

This time we lucked out with a little location help from a new friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  We hadn’t explored a former school with Mackenzie before, and shooting in different types of buildings is always the goal.  It was just a few days after the school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  I knew it was a sensitive subject, but we’ve never shied away from provocative artwork. Although we did receive some pretty ugly internet hatred for our Bad Mommy , it is important to us as artists that we don’t shy away from sensitive subjects. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to let the tragedy and on-going discussion about gun control affect our work.  It was paramount to me that we treat the subject delicately, which isn’t easy when your subject is a clown and you’re loaded with toy guns.   I truly hope we achieved that goal. 

Photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield

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