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?
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!
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?
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.
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.