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Jan. 3rd, 2013 | 01:56 am
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posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces

On a rural roadside in southern New Jersey can be found a decaying farmhouse. A small thing, long forgotten. Concealed away behind
a wall of shrubs and trees, completely ignored by the passing motorists which travel daily only some twenty feet beyond its door.
Within the house however, it is apparent that time and its workings are some of the few things which have not disregarded this place.

Windows are seated in crooked frames, ivy curls up and into the wooden facades, and furniture slowly sinks into the decayed flooring.
Things are quiet here, especially considering the close proximity of the house to the main throughway which lies just past
the front porch. A layer of dust cloaks everything, slightly desaturating the surroundings, while at the same time
exaggerating the amber light of the late afternoon sun.

A crumbling old home may, at first, seem a dull location to document, or for that matter even bother visiting at all.
Perhaps this is because there are abandoned houses in nearly every town, and seeing one is hardly considered a unique experience.
We assume that each of these places, though varied in some degree, all have similar stories to tell... if they even have one at all.
If this small farmhouse has any lessons at all to impart upon its audience, it would simply be: pay heed to the ignored.
For it is in this home, and countless others like it, that some of life's most poignant stories are composed.
There is no more intimate place in a person's existence that their home. People loved here, they learned here, and they grew here.
A house holds onto these things, absorbing them into its very fiber throughout the years, and whispers them back in
subtle ways only noticeable to those who take the time to actually listen.

































As small as this old house was, it still took Christina and I almost an entire day to film it.
I may be partial (she is my girlfriend after all), but she still manages to surprise me with how much emotion she captures in her films.
Unfortunately this video is blocked on mobile devices, so if you're viewing on a cellphone or tablet, I hope you take a moment
and view the following link on your home computer when you get a chance.



Happy holidays everyone.
May 2013 hold many fascinating new adventures, and a lack of trespassing charges.
~Rusty

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SweetieHoneyCookieBaby

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from: nicolettenexxt
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 07:22 am (UTC)
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Abandoned homes are always so sad.....and all those antiques just rotting away....

Beautiful photos and video, though. I always love the music, so appropriate.

Edited at 2013-01-03 10:04 pm (UTC)

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
Glad you like the music, unfortunately due to our use of Thomas Newman, copyright laws block our video from mobile devices.

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Bluespire

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from: bluespire
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
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Wow. Gorgeous! Nice work.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Many thanks.

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synnie

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from: synnoveaevael
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
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i wonder how long it actually takes for a mattress to rot away to springs like that.

fantastic. as usual. :)

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canid_anubis

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from: canid_anubis
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Actually, the bare metal springs are what old box springs used to be in the 1800s on up through the 40s or 50s for most folks, I think. Some examples being here , here, and here.

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midnight21

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from: midnight21
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
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it looks like the place was abandoned in the late 70s, early 80s... and i can't help but wonder why.

I am absolutely in love with the pale green bedroom with the 70s furniture though. If it had been fixed up nice, it would have been my dream bedroom! I always had a thing for vintage furniture.

still, it's sure creepy when you see clothes and other personal items left behind... i'm sure there's a long story to tell.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that the place hasn't been looted, the retro furniture really makes the entire set of photos and video.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 09:15 am (UTC)
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Lovely photos! I like the old TV and chest of drawers.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I really loved the television, I was amazed when I first saw it because typically something like that would have been smashed or stolen.

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Lyra

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from: sylpheel
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 10:10 am (UTC)
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These photographs, as well as the beautifully written opening paragraphs, really struck a cord with me. The avon bottle, the child's lamp...little touches that remind me of my own childhood home. I guess even down to the steep narrow staircase. I can't watch the video yet, but these are certainly the most evocative photographs I've ever seen. I keep going back over them even though my eyes are misting up more and more. I think I will save a link to this in my own journal so I can look over them again and marvel at this surge of emotion they make me feel.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm not even sure how to respond to such a heartfelt compliment.
It's great to hear about the emotions which this set conjured, and that they are on par with what we were aiming at when we filmed the place.
Hopefully you enjoyed the video as much as the pictures, as they are intended to be viewed as a set, and compliment each-other in that regard.

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Cassie

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from: musicofyourname
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
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Wow! Well done!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Karen

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from: byrons_brain
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
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The house is incredible, such a shame it's been left abandoned like that. I watched the film, beautifully done, it has such an eerie quality. Thank you for sharing.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
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As picturesque as the place is, there's no doubt that there is indeed an eerie air to everything.

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Alice

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from: littlelapin
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Incredible photos, made me feel immensely sad.. I want to know the story!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I tried so hard to dig up history on the place, unfortunately my efforts were unsuccessful.
IF I ever come upon new info or old photos of any of my entries on my website, I always update the post.
Here's a link to my blog, which is where any updates would be posted - http://rustytagliareni.blogspot.com

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Cath

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from: casrin
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Cool photos - poor ol' house. :(

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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At least it remains untouched by vandals and scrappers.

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Dawn

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from: sahlah
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
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For it is in this home, and countless others like it, that some of life's most poignant stories are composed.
There is no more intimate place in a person's existence that their home. People loved here, they learned here, and they grew here.
A house holds onto these things, absorbing them into its very fiber throughout the years, and whispers them back in
subtle ways only noticeable to those who take the time to actually listen.


Your words are as awesome as your images. Happy New Year for you and yours.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm not often quoted, so thanks for that!
Happy new year to you as well.

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athousandsmiles

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from: athousandsmiles
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
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This is now my favorite of all your posts here. So stunning and evocative. I love abandoned houses more than other abandoned sites for the reasons you mentioned, they are intimate personal places. This one touched me deeply. And the furniture is so lovely, built during a time when things were made to last. Now everything is disposable, sadly.

Tell Christina the video is phenomenal too, as usual. I loved the bathroom scene. The tub seemed surprisingly clean amidst all the decay.

I'm meming this post.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it strange how sometimes something as simple as a small house can be infinitely more interesting than a sprawling abandoned asylum.

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Leirb

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from: briel
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful photos! Seeing the things left behind it makes you wonder why it was abandoned. That tv and chest of drawers are gorgeous. I'm surprised they are still there! Looking forward to watching the video later!

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
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You were as surprised as you are that a lot of that furniture remains.

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laura

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from: littlekodama
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Really gorgeous film and pictures. I love the little movements, fluttering curtains or the light shifting. It makes the house seem like it's giving out little sighs. Really lovely, thanks for sharing!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I really like the idea of the house sighing, now that you said that I cannot agree more.

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prizewheel

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from: prizewheel
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I have always heard that a home that has no one living in it, will soon die. So sad.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
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In that case this place is long dead, we simply documented a corpse.

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The Adventures of Blitz

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from: blitzen_
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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o my gosh. i always wonder what happened in someone's life to warrant abandoning all their stuff. i wonder if someone continued to pay the mortgage or rates too?

some of the furniture there is incredible and would look amazing restored.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
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I honestly have no idea why the place was left to rot. There were no signs of any severe decay which would have dated back to when the place was occupied.
I can only assume that, being as the road is very close to the home, the town or county may have seized it via eminent domain.
This is of course only an assumption though...

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kindredspirit75

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from: kindredspirit75
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
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You've really outdone yourself this time. What a beautiful and touching tribute to this old house.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, we were surprised by how much there was to see in such a small old house.
We were there before noon until sunset (that last shot was filmed with literally the last five minutes of sunlight).

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love, bexy

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from: _bexy
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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Your introduction combined with these amazing photographs and the heart wrenching video brought tears to my eyes. Keep up the tremendous work.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for taking the time to read my text :)
(And for the kind words of course)

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Strange little girl...

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from: strangemodegirl
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
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Beautiful and so sad. I always wish that the walls and left behind objects could talk. I would love to know the stories that happened inside that house.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
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It would be like a terribly sad version of Brave Little Toaster.

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arplight

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from: arplight
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
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Wonderful photos & video, wise words. The traffic passing by in the last frame brings everything together. Thank you both for your work and vision.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Getting the traffic passing without the wind caused by the cars shaking the tripod was a bit difficult,
so I'm glad you mention, and appreciate, that shot. Thank you.

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allison vernon-williams

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from: fame
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
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D: this one pains me. look at the pink tiled bathroom!!!! the beautiful buffet!!! the dresser and mirror!!!!! ohh :( so sad :(

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
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It's a shame that everything was left to rot, but at the same time they are very powerful imagery when all viewed as a whole, within the house that they were initially purchased for.

Edited at 2013-01-05 05:46 pm (UTC)

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frnkichik

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from: frnkichik
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
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That was painstakingly beautiful. I would love to restore the buffet bar and the old tv (even could make it a fish tank for a great conversational peice!) Thank you for sharing!

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
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It would make for an interesting fish tank...

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avalonjones

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from: avalonjones
date: Jan. 6th, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
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Strangemodegirl took the words right out of my mouth--you're left wishing these objects and the house itself could talk so they could tell the story of how they came to be this way. And that old cabinet TV is so cool!

Amazing stuff as always, sir. And Christina has made another haunting video. Thanks for letting us see it.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 10th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
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Thank you.
Though I'm curious to hear the stories held in the old house, I actually find the vagueness of it all very alluring as well.

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smartbombs

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from: smartbombs
date: Jan. 7th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
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these are absolutely gorgeous! would you mind if i posted a few of these as a photoset on my tumblr? i would give appropriate credit, of course.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jan. 10th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
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Sure, and thank you.

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