|The Sound of Silence - Mojave, California|
It is true that I find abandoned buildings interesting. The idea that people lived, worked or played inside the now quiet walls is fascinating. These people had hopes, dreams, ideas, love, etc.--and the structures were a big part of their lives--and now it has all been left to decay. If only the walls could talk they would have lots of stories to tell. And sometimes the walls do talk, metaphorically.
I wonder about the stories. Why was the structure built? What was it used for and who used it? Why was it abandoned? Does anyone have memories of the place that they recall from time-to-time?
|Broken Souls - Newberry Springs, California|
You never know what you'll find inside of an old and forgotten place. Relics of generations gone can be found inside some abandoned buildings. I've found everything from old kid toys to an antique travel trailer to everything imaginable in between. You might be surprised at what people don't take with them.
And, perhaps, abandoned buildings are metaphors. Perhaps we all end as empty, forgotten shells. Maybe these places represent what we all will eventually become.
As you can see, the answer to the question of why I explore and photograph abandoned buildings isn't all that simple. The answer just brings more questions, and the feeling that the answer isn't sufficient. Perhaps the best and most simple answer is found in my photographs--maybe they bring an understanding to this whole thing. Or maybe they add to the mystery.