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.
One of several abandoned building not yet repurposed on the Camp North End adaptive reuse project north of Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. For the best viewing experience, click on the image to view a high-resolution version.
The Hedgecock Homestead was built around 1900 and represents a typical mid-sized tobacco farm from the era. This is an abstract from one of the many barns on the property. For the best viewing experience, click on the image to view a high resolution version.