Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside.

Desolation 

From the inside looking out.

Abandoned garage with sunlight streaming in the broken doors

Abandonment 

The outside looking in.

Part of the clutter of years found in an old abandoned barn

(A broader view of the interior of my favorite abandoned barn)

The Collection

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40 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside.

  1. Great images, but I just can’t believe someone up’t and left all that gear there. Makes you wonder what happened. These photos started me thinking about the stories behind abandoned buildings and the people who used to live or work there.

    • Thanks! I often wonder the same thing. These were shot back in the winter if 2011, only a few years after the economy went into the toilet. The north country here in New Hampshire was hit really hard, had been in decline for a number of years anyway with the closing, one by one, of the paper mills. When the economy crashed in the fall of ’08 I think it was the final straw for a lot of people.

      What made first (January of that year) visit to this farm particularly saddening to me was the corpse of a rotting jack-o-lantern on the front steps of the farm house. Indicating to me that someone had been living there only a few months before.

      To this day I kick myself for not having the good sense to photograph that decaying carved pumpkin.

      • I have come to the decision that if I gave myself 50cents for every shot I didn’t take (for what ever reason) that I kick myself about forever after, I would be able to buy all new prime lenses in a very short time.
        Particulary that moment of fine light that you don’t pull over for while driving cause there is a better spot just around the corner, and then the light is gone. So I do understand where you’re coming from.

    • Thanks Rob! I’ve found scenes like this work well with HDR, even a little over the top HDR. The trick I use to make sure it’s not too over the top, at least to my eye, is once I think I’m “done” with an image, I walk away and give it a rest. Maybe even until the next day. If when I look at it again it doesn’t make my eyes hurt and I don’t wonder what the hell I was thinking, then I’ll unleash it on the public 🙂

    • Thank you. This is one of the final images before I started bringing knee pads with me on almost every shoot. As I spend so much time on my knees when I photograph they’ve been thanking me ever since.

    • Thank you very much. Mostly what I was thinking while making this photo, any of the ones in this post and any others I’ve made like it actually, is a sense of sadness. Sadness that these once thriving places are left to decay.

  2. Wow, these are incredible. I just finished moving from my last apartment (relationship break up and changing jobs caused us to move out). That moment when I took one final look inside our apartment after everything had been removed – right before leaving to lock the door one last time, the feel of the now desolate apartment – you captured the emotion perfectly for me.

  3. Beautifully captured, all of them, though the first one really stands out for me. The contrasts captured in the same picture provided me with a positive feeling and a bleak feeling at precisely the same time.

    Again, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Denise, and yes, abandoned is beautiful. There is just something about an old barn that is so appealing. For me, the closer it is to falling down, the better. Those picture perfect well kept up red and white New England barns really aren’t for me.

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