The first time I went to an abandoned place was to some huge barn structure with some one I was friends with. It was in the middle of nowhere. Super rural, lots of cornfields and probably a mile from any other house/building. We were walking around it for a while when I turned a corner inside and saw some tall skinny bald kid grinning and hiding behind some wood. It freaked me out. His friend was hiding too. They said they were from Paw Paw which is a town like 2 hours away, and they were there to go to the bank. There were no cars or bikes anywhere near the barn so I dont know how they got there. They walked out of the barn and we looked and they were gone. We were walking through the barn and talking for like 20 minutes before we saw them and they were hiding the whole time. It was one of the weirdest things that happened to me at an abandoned place.
I don’t do anything to protect my work, and I don’t really feel like its necessary. It does suck when people use your work without crediting you; one time I found a guy who photoshopped himself into one of my photos and submitted it to a contest and he was winning. It was actually really funny, I emailed the contest people then forgot about it. Also I hate when people here on tumblr reblog a photo and remove my credit and then replace it with something like, “Follow my blog for more posts like this!!”. Thats a total jerk move haha. But really, my disdain for watermarks completely outweighs the annoyance of my photos not having credit. I feel like watermarks can take you out of the moment, it is too distracting for me. Also when people post your work without credit, it doesn’t hurt you. More people are seeing your work (even if they don’t know you made it), which is better than them not seeing it at all in my opinion
Well I’m back in Chicago from the trip now, but yeah when I was travelling I’d sleep in my car a lot. Usually in walmart parking lots, or anywhere rural. Its pretty safe if you lock the doors. One time a homeless guy tried to open my door when I was resting at night and I was so freaked out haha. I just said “no” and started the car and drove some where else