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Abandoned Home

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 10 February 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A forsaken home in the Sacramento Valley of California

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

it's beautiful though...is there too much traffic on that highway?

10 Feb 2009 5:18am

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Doesn't this make you want to know the history of a home when you see one such as this sitting alone?

Lovely image.

10 Feb 2009 5:57am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

such a shame, looks a nice spot. good image

10 Feb 2009 6:44am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

You could easily say this is not a pretty photograph but it IS an excellent one. A very fine documentary...beautifully composed and processed.

10 Feb 2009 7:30am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

the huge space in the foreground enhances the fell of abandonedness, great work

10 Feb 2009 7:46am

k@ from Paris, France

The great foreground putting the abandoned house in the distance makes it so good*

10 Feb 2009 8:24am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

As complementary image of yesterday's, this abandonated space shows the spectacle of desolation and waste land that the b/w accentuates.

10 Feb 2009 8:41am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Good b & w, beautiful grey tones

10 Feb 2009 10:55am

Marcie from United States

Love the quality of light..the sense of endless flatness.

10 Feb 2009 12:45pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A beautiful B&W for this composition…

10 Feb 2009 1:37pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Stephen, it's a great delight to view a b&w from you and this one is up to such high standard! Perfect tone, lighting and composition... enjoy this alot!!!

10 Feb 2009 1:50pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Really gives the feel of the 20's.....what a great place for someone to renovate.....Only suggestion is to straighten out the line of the road........

10 Feb 2009 1:50pm

@Susan: Ummmm. An interesting observation regarding that line, Susan. It was something I hadn't noticed and my mind now plays tricks - seeing it two ways. The image is level (note the roof) - apparently, the road has a slight grade through here. That line also cuts the image in half - which would normally drive me crazy.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great shot. Did it stand too long and get graffiti on it?

10 Feb 2009 2:23pm

@dogilicious: I have no idea - I'm tempted to go back and do a history of this place. This would involve interviewing the neighboring farms and checking the county records.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Wonderful straight on capture. Love the earth in the forefront.

10 Feb 2009 2:51pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

what a shame..... - I realy like the b&w treatment in this - could be an image from the dustbowl during the great depression

10 Feb 2009 4:59pm

peter from new york, United States

a sad home but a beautiful shot. i especially like the artwork on the side of the house.

10 Feb 2009 5:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice composition and beautiful tones in this fine B&W.

10 Feb 2009 5:27pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

The demise of someone's dreams and aspirations, so sad to see. With the foreclosure of so many mortgages in the world due to the global meltdown, this year will be a tough one for so many. Well captured, Stephen, and perfect in mono.

10 Feb 2009 6:47pm

Helma from Tehran, Iran

Clean shot ! lovely b&w .. tnx

10 Feb 2009 6:58pm

vu@granby - gilles daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada

I like this photo!
Bottom half, life;
top half, death.


gilles d.

10 Feb 2009 7:12pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

That line in the middle is what I'm talking about.... ordinarily, i wouldn't want it there either, but since it's there, might as well use it!! ..... if it's straightened out, just the tiniest bit.....it might call less attention to the "line right across the middle"....... I'd definitely play with it, and see what it looks like...just my personal thoughts.... :)

10 Feb 2009 7:26pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Nice toning and fine composition. I like the structures of the ground!

10 Feb 2009 7:27pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

very nicely observed and documented. Great processing in BW Stephen!

10 Feb 2009 9:58pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

great processing. The first thing I thought was a play on an old title, "A highway runs through it" instead of river. You did a great job getting back to include that dry bit of dirt in the foreground -- adds perfectly to the sense of abandonment.

10 Feb 2009 11:09pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Get the keys... I'll take it. Lovely shot Stephen, it's probably very noisy there hence its vacant state.

11 Feb 2009 12:29am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

I am not sure about this one yet. The house is so intriguing, yet I have no detail to draw upon. The black of the garage pulls me in, but it is not the focal point of the photo. The painted line in the road does cut the photo in half breaking the law of 1/3's (which I often break because, well, some laws are just meant to be broken). I do like your idea of getting some history and perhaps some more in depth photos to go along with the history. As always, just my humble opinion.

11 Feb 2009 3:27am

@Walter: Your opinion is worth a good deal and is always most welcome, Walter - thanks.

Aaron W. Strasburg from Riverside, United States

Very nice image. The BW treatment is perfect!

11 Feb 2009 5:20am

@Aaron W. Strasburg: Thanks, Arron - for the visit and comment.

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Your good at this roadside scene Stephen,well done !!

11 Feb 2009 4:58pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Something about this image seems hopeful - maybe the distance hides some of the decay. Sad to think, though, that it was once someone's home and now stands alone.

12 Feb 2009 3:21am

grant from kansas city, United States

very nice - i like the stripes of land and road, and the light on the old buildings.

12 Feb 2009 5:04pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Interesting shot.

13 Feb 2009 4:47pm