I think a lot of photographers like to take pictures of abandoned pieces of yesterday. That includes me.
While I am at the abandoned sites, whether shooting or not, I try to imagine life the way it was at those sites.
- Was this a site where genteel people lived or those less fortunate?
- Did a lot of people visit the site on a daily basis or was it just one family?
- What type of work was done in this space?
- How did the people relax in this space?
- Was there conflict or did the people get along well?
- Was it a site that made people happy, sad, anxious, relaxed, tired, etc.?
- Why did they build on this remote site?
- Why was the cement so rough? Was it a scarcity of materials? Or was it a cost cutting measure (Hurry up and get those forms up! I’m not making any money until we’re in production! Every day “prettying” up those forms is a day I’m not making money! Let’s go! Let’s go!!!)?
- Why was there a room on either side of the central space for each of the kilns?
- How many times a day did the workers walk the “hallway” between the back of the kilns and the side of the hill?
- How hot was it in the buildings?
|Limekiln Ruins at Canoe Creek State Park|
In the Unusual Flower Box image below, I like the juxtaposition of the fragile flowers with the mass of the structure. I like the organic plant life against the man-made brickwork.