The age old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and that could not be more true than when it comes to photography. For lack of a better word, we will call this “rural photography”, but you may find similar types of subject matter in places other than rural areas. The key here is to explore and find the hidden treasures of abandoned and forgotten homes and property. Old houses, debilitated barns, abandoned vehicles — the possibilities really are endless.
If you are feeling adventurous, or maybe you are lacking inspiration and need a change – take it to the road! Even if you live in a large city, it is usually only a short drive to come upon the countryside where a lot of these hidden gems can be found. Even if it would take an entire day to accomplish, it is worth it. There are no rules here, except maybe to avoid breaking any trespassing laws, and most importantly, to make sure you have fun with it!
There are infinite possibilities, some photographers have been known to go inside of these homes and find them intact, as if the inhabitants had just gone out for coffee one day and never returned. This is eery and very creepy, but more power to you if you are brave. Again, just be careful of trespassing and never go into a building that appears unstable.
If you are lucky, you might already live in an area that gives you access to rural areas. If you do, you should definitely take advantage. Here are a few examples of the beauty to be found within the forgotten.
Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – I Can See You Now by familymwr, on Flickr