Monday, June 21, 2010

Voices of the Past

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IF YOU HAVE EVER WALKED THROUGH an abandoned building, you know it can be a very unsettling experience. Voices of the past, long stilled by neglect and abandonment, can still be heard if your imagination is sharp. Natural creeks and groans of the building itself, the aggregated debris from decay, barrage your senses. The sound you make is amplified, echoing down the halls and announcing your arrival to God knows what or who. Nature, or it’s omnipotent power for change, is ever present, doing its job, taking its time—for nature has all the time in the world. You feel like an intruder. You will never “belong” to an abandoned building, you are always a trespasser even if you have permission (which you rarely are granted). Yes, abandoned buildings are simply repositories for the ghosts of another time. And if you enter one, you’ll probably already know that the only ones comfortable there are the bugs and mice and the voices of the past.

All images are © from various Flickr sites and were found via Pixcetera.

5 comments:

Daria Hlazatova said...

interesting collection of photos, i particularly liked the first one. abandoned houses make perfect subjects for photographs!

Julie Larios said...

It's hard to believe that some of these places would be abandoned, isn't it? Look at that staircase - no one loved that enough to stay??? I think the idea of voices still speaking out to us from them is especially true in that last picture of two twin beds, which feels almost asylum-like. Wonderful collection!

The Storialist said...

Yes, I love these! Thank you so much for sharing them.

corinnemcafee@mac.com said...

Wow, John, beautiful choices, beautiful voice(s)

Coincidence Vs Fate said...

YEs, I love those circular buildings. Very futuristic, they should be part of some moonbase.

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