Another old barn photo? Yes! I will always stop to photograph an interesting, rustic old barn. Soon they will all be gone. Until then, I’ll continue to capture their weathered wood, patina metal surfaces, and rustic architectural features. For the best viewing experience, click to view a high resolution version.
Abandonment is what first drew me back to photography. While I enjoy exploring many genres, my eye is always drawn to the ironic beauty found in decay and neglect. See my “This Ole House” gallery for more examples of my work exploring abandoned homes.
While I love the weathered textures, rust and other features of decay, photographing an abandoned old house can bring mixed feelings. There are melancholy thoughts of needless decline. Why was this home neglected and forgotten? But there is also an appreciation of the effort and sacrifice spent in building the home. Lives were lived here, perhaps a family’s, it was their home.
There is peace found in the acceptance of impermanence as part of the cycle of life. There is after all, beauty in decay.
The overgrown vegetation and patina on metal are both evidence of Mother Nature’s slow but persistent reclamation of the natural and man-made world. Our sense of order is often at odds with Hers. Will we regain our lost ability to live harmoniously before it’s too late?
This unique old barn was found on the back roads of Watauga County near Sweetwater, North Carolina. The stone foundation supports one side of the barn’s placement on the edge of a hill. The vine consuming the façade appeared to have died, leaving a thick, craggily branching structure attached to the barn. To appreciate the cool textures, click on the image to view a high resolution version.
Look through the windows into this sagging old abandoned house and imagine the lives once lived here and why this home was ultimately abandoned. For the best view into this home, click to see a high resolution version.