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Abandoned Abstraction

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 9 February 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

This is part of a massive prickly pear cactus dying alongside an abandoned house in the Sacramento Valley. A certain sadness lingers here. The cactus stands in front of the neglected garage. The corrugated steel is bent and rusty. You can almost hear the laughter and tears that once were a part of this place. A forsaken home upon an echo of the winds of change.

Tomorrow and Wednesday - a look at this place...

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k@ from Paris, France

That cactus does look like a sculpture, indeed ! Great shadow play...

9 Feb 2009 6:02am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Interesting abstract.

9 Feb 2009 8:14am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

defnitely looks like a sculpture, well captured

9 Feb 2009 8:17am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

love the interplay of the cactus and the shadows

9 Feb 2009 8:21am

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

Ouch! Great abstract, love the light and shade!

9 Feb 2009 9:23am

@Kylie Greenan: Kylie - good to hear from you - it has been a bit. Thanks.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This old cactus is a good abstraction referring to the old abandoned ruins. A good image for the latin Tempus irreparabile fugit :)

9 Feb 2009 10:39am

Marcie from United States

Very sad...but there's a sense of beauty and grace even in its last dying days.

9 Feb 2009 12:49pm

@Marcie: I must agree, Marcie - albeit reluctantly. I find it difficult to express the level of deep sadness I experienced walking the grounds of this place. Most of what's here could be easily repaired and patched and brought back to serviceability. What became of those who called this home? A nice quality sofa sits out behind the garage - now playing host to the ravages of sun and rain. Signs of caring and life were everywhere - but the neglect was gaining hold. Wind is now the only sound - blowing away the human voices - scattering spirits and memories across the flat land...

leopoldin from granada, Spain

La especial atracción de la naturaleza muerta, triste pero bonita foto

9 Feb 2009 1:06pm

@leopoldin: Gracias leopoldin - para la visita y por la seriedad de las palabras.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Well seen, great composition to express the atmospher of this place!

9 Feb 2009 1:46pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

I like the way the shadow mimics the pads,nicely done Stephen.

9 Feb 2009 1:57pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Nice shadow and your description adds to the flavor of the photo. Nicely done.

9 Feb 2009 2:02pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Shadow play to die for! Superbly observed, Stephen. Very much a sculpture of sorts, and a joy to view

9 Feb 2009 2:17pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

What a sad shot...... It's certainly a sign of the times......

9 Feb 2009 2:21pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Indeed, poignant.

9 Feb 2009 4:19pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I like how you captured the cactus with the metal background and shadows - it almost looks like metal.....

9 Feb 2009 4:39pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

The rusted texture is so impressive !

9 Feb 2009 4:56pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Not exactly natural beauty but still worth the shot. Nicely seen, Stephen.

9 Feb 2009 5:06pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like this composition as the rust on the galvanized steel matches the detrioration of the cactus - Nice Work Stephen!

9 Feb 2009 6:38pm

peter from new york, United States

sad indeed but an excellent capture. looking forward to seeing the place

9 Feb 2009 6:51pm

vu@granby Gilles Martineau from Granby, Québec, Canada

I like the compo of the shadows against the lighted background.

9 Feb 2009 7:50pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

your image demonstrates that sense of abandonment. Your words are so perceptive. Lots to ponder and consider.

9 Feb 2009 9:23pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shapes and shadows

9 Feb 2009 10:03pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

The withered old cactus is quite pathetic looking, maybe once it was different...? A good record.

10 Feb 2009 1:16am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Hmmm... A thought-provoking piece.

10 Feb 2009 2:36am

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Oh, so sad. I just love anything that grows in the ground. It makes you wonder who took care of the plant in the past.

Wonderful image.

10 Feb 2009 2:58am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

And this beautiful structure is no longer abandonned, nice touch :)

10 Feb 2009 5:17am

@Lorraine: No - still very much abandoned and forsaken.

grant from kansas city, United States

again i like the image - the mix of textures, the light and shadows.

12 Feb 2009 5:06pm