Wednesday, February 25, 2009

once was


solo post - T

not satisfied with our exploration of the abandoned house, my friend Zach and I went back. the man across the street warned us that the house was haunted. we were ridiculously creeped out by that news, but still determined, so we entered the house. what once was someones room for entertainment or family dining now was a space void of anything except a single light bulb hanging from a cord, the light had been shut out by the curtains that were safety pinned closed in the middle. the house was completely empty - it was truly desolate. as we went around the house, we kept taking note of how creepy the lack of light was. the only room with any day light in it had literally six different types of wallpaper patchworking the walls and contained the door that we had tried to get in from the back - it was locked in three places. in the kitchen there was a calendar from february (same month we entered - creepy) of 1985, indicating that it had been abandoned for twenty-four years. after we had finished looking around, we closed the door and left the house - hopefully we didn't disturb the ghosts.

to me there's something fascinating about abandoned homes - there's mystery and intrigue about the people who lived there. when I look through these houses to find a great shot, i find myself thinking what kind of people lived in this house, what were their lives like? did children live here? at one time, this was someone’s home, and now it just sits, being neglected and exposed to the elements of nature - it's sad.

i had to borrow a camera - mom has had mine since Nov. : (

13 comments:

Char said...

the photos evoke misty thoughts of what was and what would be.

Suvarna said...

gorgeous photos, I love old abandoned houses too, though there aren't many of those around here.

Claire said...

homes of this nature fascinate me as well because of all the untold stories...

ELK said...

be careful T ~ok now that I got that out of the way.....
LOVED the two photos such a contrast! ELK

spread your wings said...

I'm so glad you said that ELK. it worries me to death.

Donna said...

Awesome pictures....and I have to say that would creep me out...going into a house that has been abandoned for so long. Something spooky about it...and a little sad!

maz said...

What a stunning diptych- love it!

Amy said...

oooh creepy:)I too am fascinated with them those old homes...entered inside once with mom....the house was a gorgeous built in the 1930's a farmhouse....jadeite green bead board cupboards and walnut floors and trim open staircase...I could have moved right in..if not for the creeps we got up the back of our necks...we ran out of there FAST! cool stuff though:)

Gayle said...

I'll second the "be careful"

Your shots are perfect and wonderfully mysterious, just like the house. There is a house near us that is abandoned. It seems so strange that someone is paying taxes on a property that they just hold on to and let the house fall into ruin. Every so often my husband and I talk about it and wonder what the story behind it is. Very odd.

Relyn said...

Very creepy cool images. I love them. And, I love abandoned and neglected things, especially houses. When we lived in Oregon there was a farm house down the road from us. It was literally falling apart and probably dangerous. Finally my husband asked me not to go back in again. He just knew I was going to get pinned under a collapsing ceiling. It was lovely, though. One entire wall had been taken over by the lilacs growing outside. Imagine how that house smelled - lilacs and age. Oh. Thanks for that lovely memory.

Woman in a Window said...

These photos are amazing, startling, evocative. I love them. Old houses too. I envy you your courage to investigate.

Hi Kooky said...

Beautiful, lonely, creepy. Very intriguing. Love the diptych.

Georgia B. said...

these shots are eerily cool!

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