{Lonely & Abandoned}


A couple of weeks ago when I was driving home from a session that was out of town I found something.  Something that compelled me to put my foot on the break  and make a U-Turn in the middle of the road to curiously go back.  I was on the phone with my mom (I know, bad to talk on the cell and drive – horrible habit)  and I quickly hung up as I pulled into the long dirt driveway.  My heart was beating in my throat as I got closer.  I don’t know what it is about an abandoned house that gets me so emotional.  I feel so many things some I can’t even describe – a bit of sadness (why wasn’t there a family living in that house anymore?), curiosity (what made them leave?) and apprehension (the unknown).  But I can’t resist stopping and even exploring.  I wondered what the house looked like when it was lived in, when it had a fresh coat of paint and shiny door knobs.  I’m sure each empty house was beautiful (I like to think that anyway).    This particular house took my breath away  (strange I know…) but there was something about the setting that was so beautiful.  The house was sitting on a large piece of land, a for sale sign that looked like it had been there for decades, and surrounded by withering golden corn fields.  So stunning yet very eerie.  I grabbed my cell phone, camera and keys and stepped out of my car, locking the door behind me.  I was out in the middle of nowhere but I’m OCD about locking my car doors.  Anyway, I tip-toed up the decrepit porch that looked like it could cave in if much weight was on it (not smart – I’ve already been scolded for that) and walked through the bright green front door.  I stood for a moment in each room studying the old fireplaces, the wood ceilings and the dusty floors looking for any evidence of who may have once lived there.  In the kitchen I saw an open window-paned cabinet  that still had plates, glasses and bowls in them – I couldn’t resist reaching for my camera but knew not to touch a thing in the house.  I didn’t want to leave but the sun was setting and I knew Jeff was waiting at home for me probably wondering where I was.   I hope to go back to that house and explore others that I’ve found – so  mysterious yet I have a fond respect for these old dismissed places. 


















 

 

 


 

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ohana photographers - david & kimi bSeptember 30, 2008 - 3:08 am

i can’t even begin to say how much i LOVE that house!

sheenaSeptember 26, 2008 - 7:57 pm

this is the coolest thing ever!!! i love exploring old places!! and I can’t believe there were DISHES in it!! how fun!

PaigeSeptember 25, 2008 - 1:17 pm

Goosebumps~ love your commentary on your visit to this hauntingly beautiful house. Wow, what a find. I’m dying to see pictures with your kids there!!

MekennaSeptember 24, 2008 - 8:10 pm

Oh wow!

I haven’t visited in a while…again. I’m sorry. :)

I ablsolutely love old houses, they are so compelling to me. Beautiful pics!

AmySeptember 24, 2008 - 10:52 am

Super sweet!! I heart old abandon houses!! I love going back home to south dakota and exploring. There are so many abandon houses where my parents live, i just love it!! so many unique things you can find. I think it would be fun to do a series on them. Of course you rocked it once again, i just love your work!!

TaraSeptember 23, 2008 - 11:57 pm

I grew up investigating old abandoned houses and you precisely described my feelings when I see one. You have a great way with words (and pictures :) ) because I could almost smell and feel the house before I even saw the photos.

elizabethSeptember 23, 2008 - 8:28 am

Kudos to you.. seriously I love old abondoned buildings and houses and am always far to chicken to get too close.. ( maybe too many horror movies ) but wow.. you braved it and look at the treasures you found.. so so cool..

shannon lottSeptember 22, 2008 - 10:23 pm

Ooh, you are brave. I felt like I was reading a novel or something:) Love it too…green paint, old wood, all of it. Why don’t you buy it?! Studio?

cindy cieluchSeptember 22, 2008 - 4:46 pm

you’ve got to go back now to do a portrait shoot there. unreal. the green, the textures, the architecture, the entire scene is just stunning. thank you for sharing.

Tineke van der EemsSeptember 22, 2008 - 8:40 am

wow these shots are beautiful…and oh i love your textures!!
Hey this is such a great location for shootings :)

Megan CristelloSeptember 22, 2008 - 7:56 am

Omgosh Kara…I had chills reading this! What a fabulous find and such pictures to go with it. Something about that cabinet with the scattered dishes stirred such emotion in me..sadness. You must go back..with your girl!

JaniceSeptember 21, 2008 - 5:45 pm

Oh you know I love these already — so inspiring – makes me want to go out & explore all the old places around me (we live semi – in the country -) I think I want to be you when I grow up :) I love your style & the way you see things. It takes something special to see deeper in life!!! Be safe when scouting though — I am always afraid of spiders, snakes or mice –ECK!!!! Your PP rocks also

MandsSeptember 21, 2008 - 5:43 pm

Love this old house Kara! and perfectly your style! can’t wait to see a photoshoot in front of it! All the images are just so dang cool, and I remember light switches like that at my grandma’s house!

HayleySeptember 21, 2008 - 4:24 pm

Beautiful!! I know most think we are nuts, but I am the same way, finding the absolute beauty in these same things! What a find!!

StephanieSeptember 21, 2008 - 10:50 am

Oh. My. Goodness. Eerie. Lovely. Thought provoking. amazing. I wish I could see this with my own eyes..however, your photo does the job perfectly. :D What a find! Something for me to pay more attention to next time I’m out driving..thanks for sharing! :D

nathalieSeptember 21, 2008 - 1:01 am

you are sooo brave!!!!!!!!!!!! i don’t think i like old houses as much as you do. those green walls would be a perfect backdrop. and everything else i imagine. this is an awesome finding. i guess there really is taste for everything. lol!!!! sorry for having dissapeared! i have been busy…..the usual stuff. and i imagne you have too. i will send you something soon. you will like it.

MeredithSeptember 20, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Hauntingly beautiful…and your pp is stunning. I love the variety of all your posts – never a dull post. Pure talent how you can capture something so decayed and make it eye catchingly beautiful.

pamelaSeptember 20, 2008 - 10:10 pm

beautiful shots, always fabulous pp’ing ~ you are one brave chickie heading into a place like that alone. hate to sound like a ‘mom’, but do be careful! maybe take someone with you or at least let them know where you are, goodness girl. =)i totally agree, one cannot help but wonder what happened to the family & why still even dishes in the home. don’t homes like that inspire you to fix ‘em up? i wish there was some sort of contracting company that went around and just re-did these sorts of places and re-made them into the gems they once were. love the corn field around and on side of the first shot.

Kara MaySeptember 20, 2008 - 8:00 pm

Thanks ladies! You don’t know how fun this was for me – I was giddy, my mind was racing and all I wanted to do is find out more information. There was even a hanger hanging on a door knob that I took pictures of too. It looked like it had been there for years – of course that brought about so many questions in my head too. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my fascination ;)

SarahSeptember 20, 2008 - 7:57 pm

You can make something like this look like a work of art. beautiful work Kara!!!

Jenn PennSeptember 20, 2008 - 5:14 pm

What a cool old house! I love the photos and I can also imagine what the home used to look like. What a great find!

Natasha WhiteleySeptember 20, 2008 - 4:33 pm

beautiful, totally gorgeous!

bev robisonSeptember 20, 2008 - 2:57 pm

Wow, Kara. You are so brave to go inside! I am too chicken. I found an abandoned house (more like a mansion) here in Poland. I was alone and I really wanted to see inside, but as I approached the house I got too freaked out and ran back to the car. Bummer.

JoeySeptember 20, 2008 - 12:34 pm

Wow! What a great old house!

RebeccaSeptember 20, 2008 - 12:23 pm

Ab fab dawling! It takes a great eye to take something that others might label as “dirty”, “ugly”, “worthless” and turn it into awe inspiring beauty.

Rachel BrookeSeptember 20, 2008 - 10:37 am

I’d say you found a perfect little gem for your next session!

PennySeptember 20, 2008 - 9:46 am

These are amazing and wonderful. You must go back (with Jeff) and take more pictures.

melissaSeptember 20, 2008 - 8:24 am

I am the same way about old houses. You described all the feelings I get seeing old houses. Your pictures are great and really tell a story.

ChristieSeptember 20, 2008 - 8:09 am

WOW! What an awesome find! I love desolate and abandoned places such as this. Talk about texture heaven!

Carrie YoungSeptember 20, 2008 - 6:25 am

OMGosh! What a find! You have to go back, daughter & camera in tow!!
Love the texture on these, fits perfectly Kara :D

TanyaSeptember 20, 2008 - 3:16 am

Oh this house is fantastic Kara!! would love to see more of it & the others you have discovered, I too wonder those same things when I see a house like this (not that that happens very often living on the coast!) they hold so many memories, it would be amazing just to see a glimpse! Your photos are nothing short of sensational, & your pping WOW!! wish I could go discovering with you!! :)

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