Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rural Decay

It is everywhere I look.  Rural decay abounds on my small, old country roads.  Old farmhouses, buildings, and barns are the majority of my pictures. 




Farms are plentiful in my area.  And not just old farms, but real working, American farms. 




With those farms come farmhouses in all states of disrepair. 



More often than not they are left to decay as a mere memory of who might have lived there.  Typically it is a reminder of the generations that established the farm before our times. 




It is also a bit of a statement of our times as well.  Neither the money, nor the time, are often available to resurrect these beauties to their former glory. 





But, I think they possess a beauty all their own.  Chipped paint, doors askew, and dilapidated porches beg to be photographed.  

At least in my book they do.  My attempt to bring a bit of their former beauty to life.  



41 comments:

  1. So sad to see these old homes like this. I do wish more people would take the plunge to restore them.

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  2. And you do such an excellent job of preserving them through photos!

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  3. Morning Michelle, wonderful old buildings, I enjoy looking at them so, imagine at one time how beautiful they looked.......Great post......Blessings Francine.

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  4. Oh I agree... They show history.. I find beauty in all of them... You are preserving their memories

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  5. I definitely like to see some real American farms with people doing their daily routines !

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  6. Love the last photo...simple and very nice

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  7. I'm with you on the old things begging to be photographed. The character and stories behind the buildings intrigue me. I especially like the 3rd photo.

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  8. Your passion for these dilapidated structures comes through in your photographs. I too think there's something fascinating about them. So glad you're documenting them. I really like that last pic!

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  9. I think it's great that you are preserving these old places! By the look of things, they may not be around much longer. Either fire, vandalism,or wind will knock them into oblivion.

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  10. I love the beauty of old farmhouses. There's just something about their proportion and style that cannot, or is not, being duplicated today in modern farmhouses. When I see one, I wish for the money to restore them to their glory -- with indoor plumbing and electricity of course!!

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  11. Maybe it's because I live in town, but I usually find rural decay much more fascinating than the urban one.

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  12. It's sad to see old farmhouses left to decay like this. I always want to rehab them! They have so much charm and character.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  13. You truly are a photographic historian, a keeper of the old, seeing the beauty in peeling paint and listing porches. I love your photos always. This time around, that last one is a thing of beauty.

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  14. You are right, a whole beauty of their own.
    I am so glad you are preserving them so they will not be forgotten.

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  15. Nice job bringing them to the front.

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  16. I'm glad you're preserving them by photos. I just feel so sad when I see an abandoned farmhouse or barn or both.. new isn't always better! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I agree. Each home has its own story to tell.. Simply lovely pics.

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  18. In a way it's sad, in another it provides wonderful photo opportunities. That last shot is gorgeous.

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  19. A beautiful mean to measure time and life indeed. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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  20. Oh, if only the walls could talk! It is interesting to imagine the lives lived inside these worn out houses. The photo of the window with the fallen curtain is very poignant. So much said in one photo. Wonderful photos, Michelle. xx

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  21. There was a lot of life here at a time in the past. Stories too.

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  22. Wonderful photo's! I love the last one especially. It sounds like we live in very similar areas.

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  23. I totally agree, I love pieces of yesterday. Shooting old barns and their homes are a fav of mine. I always wonder if their walls could talk what stories they would tell, some good ones i bet. Beautiful series.

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  24. Beautiful photo's. So often driving down my rural roads, I wish I had the opportunity to see the former glory of the now abandoned farmsteads.

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  25. I see a lot of beauty there too. I have often wondered what was the history of some of the abandoned buildings I see.

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  26. Bet this house could tell some stories.

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  27. Michelle - you're so right about these old farmhouses. It makes me sad. We have an old one that is almost like this one that you've photographed on my husband's uncle's place. It's unsafe to walk in anymore, but when I see it, I just have to think about the people and families that lived and worked and died and had holidays... Those days are gone. Glad you captured (once again) the beauty of this old place - I love that last photo!

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  28. My wife and I renovated an old school house in New Hampshire years ago, and the feeling of satisfaction was indescribable. I wish I could renovate all those memories.

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  29. that home resembles "A Trip to Bountiful" movie. Did you see that movie? Oh, such a sad tale about a women that never got back to her old homestead until she was very elderly. but it had interesting emotion and acting. these photos of your resemble how her town looked like when she returned. just emphasized her longing even more. sad.

    ok - upbeat: come see me. i'm over at #81 at Weekly Top Shot #56 or just click on my name.

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  30. The window is my favorite, today!:)
    Thanks for the music too:)

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  31. I see so many of these driving on our Kentucky back roads. So sad. I love that last photo.

    Hugs,
    Laura

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  32. Great pictures. I quite like your blog. Lovely pictures indeed.

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  33. A lot of that in rural Maine and rural NY state, too . . . and I am always itching itching itching to restore those places.

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  34. Could have been a CD cover for the late Warren Zevon with his song "Knockin on Heaven's Door".

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  35. Oh yes this always breaks my heart and I do know how hard it is many a farmer has given everything he/she had and it never was enough.
    I do like the way you are preserving their hard work. They deserve that. Hug B

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  36. Like flowers that fade in beauty these farmhouses give us the same in their decay.-- barbara

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  37. Yes, Michelle, these places of have a lot of charm, but it comes mixed with a lot of sadness and disappointment. In many places, disrepair is just part of a cycle, and renovation and restoration will follow. I worry that disrepair has become structural in too many places.

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  38. Have a great time with your family

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