Monday, March 7, 2011

Where Have They Gone?

A friend of mine at work has been doing photography for several years now, and lately we've worked on a different theme each month and then compared our results.  February's theme was damage.  As I tend to do with everything, the end of the month was coming up and I hadn't taken any photos of damage yet.

I've had the same job for about 4 1/2 years now and have for the most part have taken the same route to and from work everyday.  As I was looking around one morning on my way to work for a damaged scene I could photograph I saw this abandoned home up on a hill in the middle of some trees about 1/4 a mile from the office.  Now I realize old abandoned buildings/homes are not uncommon, but I was kind of taken back that I had never noticed this one before.

During a lunch break I grabbed my camera and took several photos.  Whenever I see a place like this, I always wonder what happened.  Did a storm tear it apart never to be repaired?  Was it just abandoned and left to decay?  What sort of people lived here and where are they now?  I guess those questions will remained unanswered.  Following are a few of the photos I snapped.  Again, all were processed in Lightroom.  I desaturated, upped the contrast and clarity, and did some cropping and sharpening.  In the image of the front door I played around with the split toning feature to try and give it an old film camera look.

No welcome mat on this doorstep
A shelter in shambles
When I saw this shirt hanging from the crossbeams, I was a little creeped out thinking someone might be lurking...fortunately no one was.
Empty cupboards
Crumbled throne.
Doorway to destruction
No more warm family gatherings


Michelle said...

This is kind of random after your last post. :) I like it, though. Very creative.

snbjork said...

Your photos are amazing, Barry. You've come so far in such a short time. Good work!

Barry said...

Thanks Michelle. Random would pretty much sum up my thought process anyway. :)

Thank you Suzanne. The fun thing is I still have so much more to learn and improve on.