The wonderful thing about being a photographer, is when an idea takes you down a road you hadn’t imagined possible. It may start with a group of like minded artists or an idea, or a location or just one shoot. A theme that make you want to explore more. A shoot that becomes a series. The series morphs and changes and becomes a different idea entirely. And so begin our roadtrip adventures with Rev MacKenzie Moltov. It started with a road trip with a just barely pregnant MacKenzie to an abandoned amusement park in Pennsylvania. It was a thrill. I know that people have gotten into these delapidated, decaying old parks before. It is a little different when you’re sneaking in with a load of camera equipment and a half dressed statuesque beauty in full clown makeup lugging a bag full of sequined gowns and a lyra. It was everything we love about location shoots. A little danger, a little excitement and urban exploration with an unparalleled sideshow performer. One Sword Swallowing Maternity and a Naked Philly Clown Mom shoot later, and it was time to get back on the road for another adventure.
For our second roadtrip with MacKenzie, we found a quirky little park a few hours outside of Philly. We packed up our clown, who’s a delightful backseat companion. (Really, if you want an entertaining drive filled with stories and jokes and songs, bring your own clown. They’re perfect!) This park was a lot more open than our last. Surrounded by fences and no trespassing signs, high visibility from all angles. This was the type of little town that watches out for each other, and for the park who’s owners still hope to re-open despite it’s current state of total disrepair.
We parked a bit away, and found a way in. Quickly dashing from building to building we were able to shoot against various walls and creaky old buildings. There was even a collapsed carousel from a brutal winter from which it didn’t survive. MacKenzie is a dream to shoot. Fearless and whimsical and sexy and dirty and awkward and funny and beautiful. Between the three of us, we have an ideal urban exploration team. We are totally respectful of the places we find. We don’t vandalize, remove, harm or in any way alter the objects or areas left behind. We don’t advertise where we’ve been in hopes of keeping them as they are. We breathe new life into them. We create art in what others consider garbage. We honor the spirit of love and fun and happiness that still exists in what remains. And we brought some old peeling walls a clown to show her love. We have another road trip planned. But this time we may be bringing a friend.