Thread: Stalking a building...
04-10-2012, 01:28 PM #1
Stalking a building...
After my encounter with my Wyeth building the other day, I decided I had to get some more images of it, had to find answers to my questions about it...so I carefully devised a plan to stalk it.
Yesterday near sunset I climbed a small mountain nearby to get some shots of it from above. No one took any notice of me and it seemed to be even more dilapidated than I imagined. Perhaps it was deserted? In the fading amber light it was a cinder block oasis in a vast field of mown hay.
Then today, I made my way back to the field through the rising midday heat and slowly approached it down the dusty drive. It was soon apparent that it was more than just deserted...it was desolated.
I slowly made my way up the crumbling cement stairway to what remained of the upper floor.
Was it once a farmhouse? Perhaps a building for workers from distant towns to spend the night in their fields? Had someone once fussed over it, been proud of it, called it home?
As I reached the top of the stairs, this is all I found...
Last edited by Roshenk; 04-10-2012 at 01:41 PM.
04-10-2012, 01:45 PM #2
Very nice story told with pictures. I particularly like the framing in the first image. I like your choice of angles in the series. Reminded me of the childhood game of Red Light, Greenlight.
04-10-2012, 02:00 PM #3
Oh I love that last one! I also like the first one a lot with the plants as a frame. I wasn't sure what to comment on the one you posted in the before and after section as I am not familiar with the paiting, but you don't have to be with these. Very nice job. TFS
04-10-2012, 02:06 PM #4
Nice series, and thanks for sharing. Based on the last image, it almost looks like it was used for artillery target practice
04-10-2012, 02:09 PM #5
I love the first two, very well done. The branches and leaves in the first shot sort of frame the building and lead your eyes to it. Looks like it was a fun little adventure you had there.
04-10-2012, 02:20 PM #6
05-01-2012, 08:21 AM #7
It had been a few weeks since I had checked on the abandoned house that had so filled my imagination previously, and as the day was hot and overcast I thought this would be a perfect opportunity.
I approached the house from the east this time, across the fields now grown brown and dry in the rising summer heat. All look just as I had seen it last...deserted, decrepit. An abandoned house full of mysteries. Why was it still standing? What had it been before? What had damaged it so severely?
Climbing the cement stairs to what was left of the upper floor, all seemed just as I left it days ago. Starlings scattering upward as I stepped through the empty doorway, noisily treading on broken roof tiles.
Chicken wire still covered the windows, glass panes shattered so long ago even the shards were gone. The fields all around the house were clearly cultivated, but by who? Surely they had nothing to do with this house. Did they? If so, why leave it like this?
Little did I know I would soon have answers to a few of my questions, since unknown to me...
...I was no longer alone.
Last edited by Roshenk; 05-01-2012 at 08:24 AM.
05-01-2012, 10:52 AM #8
A top quality story board of images and commentary, all three sets very enjoyable especially the earlier work in the setting sun.
05-02-2012, 02:45 AM #9
An excellent set or sets of images! I agree with the story told behind this adding to the impact of viewing.
One thing that you've done that really adds class to the complete package is, the very 1st photograph.
In the video world it's know as an "establishing shot" and really shows how isolated the building is.
Also, Your story was well done and the icing on the cake. ........ Thank You!
05-02-2012, 02:52 AM #10
Great series. I really live the way you framed the first shot with the dry wheat weed, and the contrast of the upper curves with the straight rows. NIce!