A good way to put your photography skills to the test is to find an ugly location and try to make the best of it. Following on from a previous post, we have another photographer who has taken on the ‘ugly location challenge.’ Kelsey Maggert, 22, from Indiana has created some seriously awesome images with limited physical resources at her disposal.

Coming from a small town, unremarkable in its ordinariness, Kelsey has to use all her creativity to maximize the potential of her backdrops. She can make the local KFC, Walmart, Hobby Lobby and a variety of gas stations into incredibly artistic scenes. “I’ve been doing photography and learning for 3 or 4 years,” Kelsey told Bored Panda. “I use a Nikon D750.”

“I prefer more of an abandoned or run down look,” she told us. “A lot of my town just looks like that anyhow, so it wasn’t hard to make that a part of my style.” How does she choose her models? “Most of my models are my friends and sometimes when someone has a specific look I’m aiming for, I’ll reach out to them,” she explained. Location is normally the last thing I worry about.”

So there you go, budding photographers, the old adage ‘location, location, location’ doesn’t hold water here. You don’t need to travel to exotic places to get amazing shots, your own town, a decent camera and a creative mind is all it takes!

Scroll down to see some of Kelsey’s work, and let us know what you think in the comments!

More info: Behance | Instagram | Twitter (h/t)

22-year-old photographer Kelsey Maggert can make gorgeous photos even in the ‘ugliest’ locations

For example, a gas station is not usually what springs to mind for a photoshoot location

Or a brick wall

Christmas tree sale

Front yard

Convenience store


Abandoned house


Car wash