A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

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Humble Abode

Not sure why I’m attracted to scenes like this, pretty sure my wife thinks I’m nuts.¬† ūüôā¬† The little flag was what originally caught my eye.

Charleston, WV

Charleston, WV


Abandoned 33

This is actually a redux of an early installment in my “Abandoned” series, but it was so long ago even I can’t remember which one it was.¬† ūüôā¬† The current version was¬†photographed early this past Sunday morning along Stringtown Road in Roane County, WV.

Stringtown Rd, Roane County, WV

Abandoned 30

30th installment in a series that just kinda happened.¬† Not sure where it’s headed, if anywhere, but I still can’t help but make images of these places when I come across them.¬†

This red door was found on an abandoned home in Calhoun County, West Virginia.


Beech Road, Calhoun County, WV

Abandoned 27

Didn’t get a chance to go on a photo outing this past weekend, but I still have a couple images to share this week from previous trips.

This was shot at an abandoned home I came across while driving a rough, dead end dirt track through the hills of West Virginia.

Goose Creek Road, Kanawha County, WV

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Footbridge and abandoned home, located in a remote valley deep in the hills of West Virginia. 

I encountered several abandoned dwellings on this little expedition, apparently a small community existed in the area at one time.  As the last of these homes was left empty, the road into the area was apparently abandoned as well-  it took some careful driving to navigate my way over rocks and through creekbeds to this location.

Goose Creek Road, Kanawha County, WV

Abandoned 25

A peek inside the abandoned home featured in yesterday’s post, photographed through an exterior window.¬† Two exposure blend to balance the lighting.

My Sunday morning drive deep into the hills of Kanawha County, WV, turned up a handful of abandoned dwellings instead of quaint country scenes, so I will probably continue to feature a few of them through the following week.  Although I find abandoned homes to be a fascinating subject (hence my 25th such post on this blog), it is also somewhat disturbing to find such a concentration of them in one area.

Goose Creek Road, Kanawha County, WV

Abandoned 24

Photographed in the early morning hours way back in the hills of West Virginia.  A hint of autumn color is starting to show.

Goose Creek Road, Kanawha County, WV

Abandoned 23

This old home is being gradually absorbed back into the landscape.  Ferns have replaced grass in the back yard while vines race along the eaves as if they were tree branches.  In 50 years will there just be a pile of rotten roof tin to mark the location?  Or will it too be reduced to nothing but a reddish stain in the earth?

Although these¬†are the typical¬†sorts¬†of thoughts that pop into my mind when visiting a location like this, a more pressing and perplexing question in this particular instance is why is there an iron on the roof?¬† A Rubik’s Cubesque mystery!

For those who are interested, this photograph shows the exterior of the home featured in this previous blog post:  https://lillyphotographywv.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/abandoned-19/

Mount Hope Road, Roane County, WV

Abandoned 21

Another in a series of photographs from this past weekend of abandoned dwellings.
This old home had been stripped of most of its furniture and personal belongings, but a handful of items still remained.  The interior was remarkably intact considering the condition of the outside of the home.  I considered entering for a closer look, but, well, chickened out.  You know, threat of falling through the floor into a pit of copperheads etc.
The inside of the building was exceptionally dim, this image was exposed 20 seconds at f9/ISO 200 and I still had to push it +1 EV to get it as bright as is shown.

Mount Hope Road, Roane County, WV

Abandoned 19

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.

Mount Hope Rd, Roane County, WV