Impermanence

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned House on Moore Rd
Abandoned House on Moore Rd

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.

Reclamation

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1
Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1

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?

Fall Monochrome Landscape

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Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1
Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1

Many agree fall foliage is also ideal for monochrome. The ability to adjust the luminosity across the color range can offer up interesting foliage tonality. When I first got out my car on this Ashe County, NC backroad, all the cows were in the shed. As a curious bunch, it took very little coaxing to get them to pose for this landscape composition.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’m most grateful for this WordPress and Monochromia blog community!

Cheers,

C. S.

Antiquity

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned Piano
Abandoned Piano

I found this old piano on the porch of an abandoned house on Silas Creek Rd while exploring the backroads of Ashe County. I try to imagine the music, peace, joy and family experiences once shared from this instrument. Who played, what did they play, and why was this piano and house abandoned?

Cheers,

C. S.

Ashe County Christmas Tree Farm

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Old Christmas Tree Farm
Old Christmas Tree Farm

This old Christmas tree farm on the back roads of Ashe County, North Carolina appears to be in decline.

Cheers,

C. S.

Ashe County Countryside

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Horses on North Fork New River Rd Composition 1
Horses on North Fork New River Rd Composition 1

These two curious horses cooperated with my attempt to compose and interesting photo during an expedition of the North Fork New River area of Ashe County, North Carolina. I shot this at 110 mm with my Nikkor Z 70-200mm f2.8 lens.

Cheers,

C. S.

Abandoned Barn

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Abandoned barn in Grassy Creek, North Carolina in Ashe County near the border with Virginia

This abandoned old barn was another find from my Old Hwy 16 excursion while visiting Ashe County, North Carolina last month. For the best viewing experience, click to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Phipps Barn Detail

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Phipps Farm Barn Door Detail 1
Phipps Farm Barn Door Detail 1

While vacationing over Labor Day weekend in the mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina, I spent some time traveling the backroads and found this cool barn near Landsing, NC. For the best viewing experience, click on the image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.