A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

Abandoned 13

I spotted this scene during a Sunday morning drive on the back roads of Roane County, WV, and immediately knew I had to stop and make a photograph.  Luckily there weren’t any homes nearby, so it wasn’t any problem to simply stop in the road and compose a few frames. 

But so often while driving through the countryside I’ll see scenes that call out to be photographed that are situated in near proximity to people’s homes-  barns, gardens, humorous decorations, old vehicles, dogs on porches etc. etc. etc.  Theoretically these photo subjects are all fair game as long as you conduct your activities from the public road right of way, but for some reason it feels intrusive when you’re taking photographs within sight of the likely property owners. 

I’m not sure if this is a personal problem, or if it’s just a well-developed sense of self preservation-  West Virginians can be mighty private sometimes!

Roane County, WV

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One response

  1. Wow what a great image. The colors and composition are wonderful. I have a post on my blog called ” When Is It Trespassing” you might want to read. I have a few ideas that might help you get over that intrusive feeling.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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