“JUST AS I FOUND IT”
(Originally posted on the website Continuum…)
MAY 20, 2004 – THEME: FRAME
On recent photo hunts, I’ve been taking shots of abandoned structures. The house in this photo is on a country road near Changewater, New Jersey. The place looks like whoever lived there just up and left one day. There is a washer and dryer just inside that open window. There are rusty bikes leaning against the back of an old barn. There’s an old doghouse with a pile of logs and boards next to it. Even the dog took off. Places like these make me wonder what the heck happened here. I want to hear the story and know what happened to everyone and why the property was left to decay.
Sometimes I fool myself into thinking that I can stop the decay with my camera. I can bring it all to a halt. It is my resistance to change, my reluctance to accept the fact that all material things wear out and fade away. Ultimately, the captured images are reminders that I too shall wear out and fade away one day. I will show my defiance by turning the decay into art.
Below are a few other photos from this site, not part of the Theme Thursday project, just presented to satisfy the curious.