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36 responses

  1. I love looking at old buildings, but I think it’s too bad that so many family farms have failed.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    • I agree. I always think about that, especially now that I’m on the hunt for these old places. I’m finding more and more of them, and it’s sad to think about what’s happened to the families who have left them. Thank you for your comment.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

  2. Very nice series of images of the appealing ramshackle building.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  3. It looks like you have about a month’s work ahead of you. There will almost certainly be many surprises and a few treasures just waiting for you to uncover and discover them. I hope they’re all pleasant ones!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    • I hope they’re pleasant, too. My first unexpected surprise was the “road” (if one can actually refer to it that way) leading to this place: it was much rockier than it appeared, and now I’m a bit worried now about the underside of my car!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

  4. Dear Melanie, you know how much I love green fields and forest, and trees, etc. They are so beautiful and I can be lost in there… I can imagine how beautiful to walk and to breathe there… But th,s old farm building or house made me so sad… Especially in number 3, I stopped, watched so long… Touched my heart so much… You did a great shot, and as if all stories is there, in this photograph… Thank you dear Melanie… I wished to be rich, and I wished to move there and to make them everything alive once again too… My dreams, ah my dreams… With my love, nia

    April 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    • Nia, I know exactly how you feel. There is a sadness that overcomes me, too (along with the excitement I feel during these adventures and the discoveries I’m making). I always wonder where the people go, and what happened to them, why they left…. Thank you for your wonderful, touching comment.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:01 am

  5. siddharthajoshi

    This is interesting to see…I am just curious, but are you doing some work there?

    April 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    • Thank you for your comment. No, I’m not doing any work on the site itself. I just seek out places like this and explore them with my camera. I’m fascinated by old, abandoned structures, and often by what’s left behind in and around them. I’m also interested in discovering how nature takes hold of old buildings and reclaims them over time.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

  6. Nice buildngs. I guess that you really like old housing. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • Thank you. Yes, I’m quite fascinated with old barns in particular. There is always a lot to discover on and around the property that makes for interesting shots. It’s a bit of an adventure. 🙂

      April 27, 2012 at 1:48 am

  7. Returning to the earth, from whence it came….

    Beautiful photos, Melanie…I could almost smell it there.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    • Thank you, Scott. It’s such an interesting place. When I saw the furniture outside the buildings, the human element became all the stronger. This one is a bit different from the other places.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:52 am

      • You’re welcome…and yes, I was struck by the couch photo…bright and in your face that this place is/was about people, as well.

        April 27, 2012 at 3:56 am

  8. Love the perspective in #7. Very nice to see the light through the windows through the door and window.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    • Thank you, Carissa. I like that perspective, too, although I kept wanting to try to “straighten” that one out, despite the fact that the building itself is completely crooked, which normally, I like. But somehow I wasn’t happy with the lines in this one. But I do like the light, as you mention, through the window.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

  9. myfullresearch

    A new adventure begins…
    But no. 3 is Lemony or LaChapelle ?
    To tell the truth, in more than one there is a subtle lachapellian flavour… so nice !

    April 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  10. George Weaver

    This place is interesting. Really good photographs here. I see some more of those stone walls that I like so much. The vertical openings must be for ventilation (#5). I like the angle of this photograph too.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:39 am

  11. I just love your adventures, and all the photos that you bring us.
    Excellent job here, love the green field, and the blue sky too.

    April 27, 2012 at 5:33 am

  12. Love the old couch….the last structure has definately seen better days lol

    April 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

  13. Interesting and great series! So many fab details.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

  14. elmediat

    Excellent sequence. Your use of perspective & camera angle grabs the eye of the viewer. Some of those shots would be down right scary-creepy in B&W.
    Just be careful on those adventures, we don’t need a squeezed Lemony 🙂

    April 28, 2012 at 4:33 am

    • Ha ha. My partner is worried I’m going to get more than squeezed. 🙂 I’m doing my best to be safe. In fact, I opted not to go IN these buildings, since no one knew where I was this time. I worry about floors falling through, and things like that.

      I’m glad you like this sequence. I’m going to rework some of these in B&W, now that you’ve mentioned that.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:17 am

  15. Great series of images Melanie. Any idea how old this place is? The structural timbers look huge – built to last.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

    • So glad you like this series, Finn. I’m not sure about the date of this place, but I bet if I ask around someone would know. I may just do that, since I’m hoping to go back. I didn’t go IN the first time, since no one knew I was there. I tend to avoid actually entering these old places unless someone at least knows my whereabouts (sometimes the floors and ceilings are terribly unstable.) Don’t want to disappear without a trace… you know what I mean? 🙂

      April 29, 2012 at 1:21 am

  16. What a wonderful old building! I was there with your every step! Z

    April 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    • Thank you! I really appreciate that you took the time to tour the old place.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

  17. Very nice series! Ruins always reveal this relationship between the nature and these made by the hand of man.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    • Thank you very much, Marija, for your visit and your nice words. I agree with your comment about ruins, and I think this is what I find so fascinating about them!

      April 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

  18. Great shoot! I love abandoned buildings!

    April 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    • Thank you, Shane. I love these old buildings, too. There is something sad about them, at the same time there is something fascinating about their details.

      April 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

  19. GREAT set of photos!

    April 29, 2012 at 5:17 am

    • Thanks so much, Mike. I’m a bit behind these days, and am eager to stop over to see what you’ve been up to lately.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

  20. Beautiful series. As a fellow photo-adventurer, I can totally relate to your concerns about safety (not to mention your car!). Photo #3 is especially moving. The things that get left behind are often as interesting as the abandoned places themselves. Well done!

    June 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

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