Spirits by Guest Photographer Gail Anderson

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I often wonder whose life I’ve run across, when stumbling upon scenes such as these. Whose child’s portrait or life or soul has my camera just captured? Whose life consisted of sleeping in a room with one bare light bulb and one picture on the wall? What it was like to wake up in a feather bed with shadows of trees cast all around me? Someone used this sewing machine to make a child’s nightshirt, perhaps stuck their finger, drawing a drop of two of blood. I feel the spirits of those that walked these halls before me, who lived, loved, cried and died in this exact place.

And sometimes, if I’m lucky and find myself alone…. I can stop, put my camera aside and feel the souls around me. Perhaps if I’m shooting, they will allow themselves to be seen. In either case, I walk away a changed person taking a small piece of what I saw and felt with me….


We’re happy to welcome Las Vegas photographer Gail Anderson as a guest contributor to aamora. Gail tells us: “The world is a remarkable place, filled with the mundane. I hope to share the mundane in a remarkable way.” You can enjoy more of Gail’s work on her website. She can also be found on Redbubble and JPGmag.

13 thoughts on “Spirits by Guest Photographer Gail Anderson”

  1. I love these kinds of scenarios as well…. full of the sublime & eerily loaded with mystery.

  2. Gail, you have achieved a short, intense, deep and excellent essay. Congratulations for it.

  3. Gail, these images are such a dream space..every one is a quiet masterpiece. I love this!

  4. Wonderful series. Especially love the top shot – the abandoned sewing machine, seemingly in mid stitch…yes, one wonders who, what… and virtually the same scene she would have gazed upon out the window. Bravo, Gail!

  5. “What it was like to wake up in a feather bed with shadows of trees cast all around me?” That hits home… wonderful photographs that fully convey the nostalgic feelings… though the looking at these pictures and the arising of the feelings are happening now.

  6. what emotion and atmosphere you’ve created with your delicate photography and text! I feel as if I am there with you, tiptoeing gently into the lives of these forgotten people.

  7. These photos are wonderful, Gail. I’m glad the spirit moved you to take them.

  8. Gail, what an ethereal series of photos! Your use of light, and words, convey a sense of other worldly splendour. My fav is the one with the stained ceiling & the hanging bulb….the way you left just hints of the bed frame and the window – truly remarkable.

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