I took a drive this morning on a bumpy, dead-end road I had never travelled deep in the hills of Roane County, West Virginia, looking for new photo subjects. But instead of barns, churches, and other quaint country scenes what I found was a disturbing concentration of abandoned dwellings. And, of course, I was compelled to photograph them. And now, perhaps unfortunately for those viewing, I am compelled to post my interpretations on this blog over the coming week. So, viewer beware, you have been warned!
This first scene shows the interior of an abandoned home, shot through an exterior window (no way I was stepping inside this one). An upleasant, moldy, musty odor emanated from inside. I found it sad that the items of day-to-day life had been left behind to decay along with the building itself, and also find it difficult to imagine a scenario that reasonably explains how this could even happen.
Zooming to 100% viewing size I was able to turn this photograph into a game of I-Spy with my children. Items noted in the photograph included a teddy bear, guitar, pocketbook, toy telephone, plastic heart, boot, shoe, and cowboy hat.