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by Ted Fines

"As a photographer, I document abandoned structures before they are demolished or sometimes restored.  I have always been attracted to the timeless nature of abandoned buildings since it holds a sense of collective memories – it's a record of the builders, owners and the people who once inhabited the spaces. As I look for the details, the deeply etched memories in the walls, doors and structures, it always opens a window to the past."  - Ted Fines, Artist

Exhibit will run August 5th - October 22nd, 2018 and will be available to view during regular business hours. 

Hours and admission rates can be viewed here.

About the Artist: Ted Fines  

I was born in Toronto, Ontario and currently live in Lincoln (Lost Lake Woods Club) with my wife, Chris.  I have been fascinated by photography all my life. From the simple beginnings of the Kodak Brownie to today’s advanced digital cameras, I have always realized that there are basic rules to becoming an ‘accomplished’ photographer. It’s the holy grail that we all strive for as photographers.  

I have been fortunate to have mentored with many of today’s great midwestern photographers and been featured in several books (ConeyDetroit by Katherine Young/Joe Grimm-Spring 2012, Detroit-Through Our Eyes-Fall 2009 and Boneyards-Detroit Under Ground by Richard Bak-Summer 2010), magazines and newspapers. I have been featured in many of Detroit’s and northern Michigan’s art galleries including the Detroit Institute of Arts photography competition in 2008 called ‘Sacred Places’. 

I have held many digital photography workshops at the Eleanor & Edsel Ford Estate (Grosse Pointe Shores) , Art in the Loft (Alpena) and Alcona Library (Harrisville) and taught many beginning through advanced classes on photography and photo-editing throughout Michigan. 

I was an original member of EXPOSURE.DETROIT, the Midwest's largest photography club and founding member of The Detroit League of Photographers.  

I am currently the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan. 

More of my work can be seen at: 

Preview of the Exhibit


Exhibit Dates 

August 5 - October 22nd, 2o18.  Open to view during regular business hours.

Contemporary Photography

In Conversation with Ted Fines

August 26, 4pm - 5pm

Ted will be talking about his experiences capturing the remnants of the locations he explored. He will also talk about what is expected in his 6-week digital photography course, which will take place Thursday evenings at the museum starting September 6th through October 11th.

Fundamentals of Photography

With Ted Fines

6-week course 
Thursdays from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm at the Besser Museum 
September 6, 2018 through October 11, 2018
Cost: $120.00 per person
($110.00 for museum members)

This 6-week course, taught by local photographer and exhibiting artist, Ted Fines, is packed full of useful knowledge. If you are a novice photographer who would like to learn more about their digital camera here are some of the topics covered: 
1. Basic camera functions 
2. Shooting in manual mode and RAW
3. 'Exposure Triangle', 'depth of field' 
4. Metering
5. Understanding focal length, field of view 
6. Composition (Rule of Thirds) 
7. Editing your photo files 
8. Workflow

Student MUST have access to a DSLR camera or an advanced "Point & Shoot' camera (a camera that has the capability to set aperture, shutter speeds and ISO).

Register by calling 989-356-2202 or email:


Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707