November 25th, 2010


The House That Started It All

My family drove down Rt. 11 in VA often when I was a child. I don't remember where we went, but I do remember this house. It sat empty, paint already only a memory, a proud grey sentinel on a hill back from the road. From the first time it caught my eye, I always tried to get a peek of it each time we drove past. I didn't know why, but it intrigued me. I found it strangely beautiful. Fast forward 20 years, and all the while this house remained, gradually deteriorating as the brush around it grew wild and high, making it seem as if it were sinking down into the earth. Last May, I found myself driving around the seedy end of town and went past the house again. I stopped and quickly took some photos, but they were terrible and I wound up not sharing them here. Today, I went out again with a different lens and a tripod to give it another chance.

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Me - Headshot

Abandoned places - Gulfport & Long Beach, MS (part 3)

After many delays and a need to re-edit some of the photos, I’m now pleased to offer up the last of my abandoned site photos from the Gulfport and Long Beach, Mississippi area. Well at least from this trip. There will be more trips and photos.

Nestled away off the main roads is a true survivor. This building dates to the 1870s or 1880s. The site has survived multiple hurricanes and is in a state of arrested decay. My friend, guide and model for this trip porcelainmistre is friends with the groundskeeper and has permission to shoot there. Because I want the place to survive, I’m not showing any images from the front of the building or giving the address.

Twisted Doll – My guide bidding me (and you) welcome to the grounds

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