So, I've been lurking in this community for a while, enjoying the pictures. I just love some of these shots, and they bring out the photography bug in me. If there's anybody else here from the Virginia Beach area, I would LOVE to know of somewhere there's actually a building to take shots of, as I love exploring places. My mother has a Nikkon(I forget what kind), and we agree that a great subject matter for her to take photos of would be an abandoned place.. But we can't find any places D:
Also, I would love ANY advice you could offer about going in <3 Being careful where we step and careful of certain things is a given in my mind, but what else should I keep in mind?
Congrats on the Spotlight! In honor of this beautiful achievement, I DO NOT have any new places to contribute. BUT I am going to go explore this week and hopefully I will find something in the Westbrook/Portland of Maine! You've inspired me!
I don't have any cool pictures to share, but this community reminds me of my favorite poem by Joyce Kilmer. I'd like to share it because I feel like the poem has so much heart about a run down old house... but you know, it's the truth.
Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.
I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings.
I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.
This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside.
If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid
I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free.
Now, a new house standing empty, with staring window and door,
Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store.
But there's nothing mournful about it; it cannot be sad and lone
For the lack of something within it that it has never known.
But a house that has done what a house should do, a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.
So whenever I go to Suffern along the Erie track
I never go by the empty house without stopping and looking back,
Yet it hurts me to look at the crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart,
For I can't help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart.
So I have been lurking here for a while, enjoy all of your beautiful photos. Sadly I only once had something to contribute.
I decided to post again as I have been thinking about this subject a lot.
Safety when exploring.
I want to open this discussion so we can all help to keep each other safe. I would appreciate everyones opinions, experienced and newbies. Comments can be your own experiences with safety, things your thought about trying and just general advice. I'm going to list so basic safety topics to help start the discussion.
*Equipment. (dust masks, clothing, foot wear, touches, ropes, etc)
*Research. (what research do you do about the place before going? Places to find information on the abandon sites?)
*Informing. (Do you tell people were you are going? Do you go alone or in groups? If you are in a group do you stick together or separate? Does the group have rules and plans before exploring?)
*Legal. (How do you stop yourself getting caught. Entering buildings safely/legally. Keeping your identity secret. - I know a lot of us post photo of ourselves in the abandon places. This could be used against you if you are caught.)
No pics... yet. I need advice. My entire life the house next door has been abandoned. Usually we bitch about it cause it does have rat and mice infestations and the neighbors on the otherside of it just let the rodents and weeds take over (the weeds I don't mind, but we frequently get their mice and rats over here).
When I was little I remember exploring the house with her grandkids. But that was so long ago, I remember nothing of what it looks like inside.
Recently I asked my family, just to be sure, who owned that house and how long it's been empty: about 25 years it's been empty. The lady living there was "something else" and the neighbors on the other side bought the property and house from her when she left it and then let it rot.
That neighbor is elderly now. Her hubby died a few years ago. My mother, a few times a year, goes and chats with her. So... how does one go about asking for permission to photo-document this house? I think I'll ask my mom to help ease it into conversation. But how do you explain this artistic fascination/need to take photos of someone else's property?