Burned Out and Abandoned

f9, ISO100, 25s, 24mm, Canon 60D

Click on image to view LARGE and/or Purchase

When brother Jerry and I started out last Sunday (that was December 23rd), it was sunny with a few clouds, but as we were heading home, the clouds overcame and yielded overcast skies. Poor Jer wasn’t all that keen on it, but it got the creative juices flowing in me, so when we saw this abandoned building sitting next to a burned down house, I had to stop. And as I walked around the building, the shirt hanging from the rafters of the building sealed the deal!

This shot really impressed a Grapes of Wrath feeling in me, one where downtrodden and desperation were dominate. The black and white conversion further drives that home. Backing up and taking a more broad landscape picture did not give near the emotive response as the building was less descriptive. Here, you can see the walls are gone, as well as the roof and the weeds have overtaken most of the grounds.

It’s interesting to see what environments get different photographers’ juices flowing. It was obvious that Jerry was in his element at the Paris Landing Marina earlier that morning, and even though I got a couple of decent shots, finding my creative groove was quite difficult, even with an amazing sunrise. A change in both the scene and the weather totally shifted the playing field where I was just hoppin’ around with excitement and, even though Jer got a shot of this dead tree, he seemed to be just eating up time while I did my thing. A month from now, the situation may change completely.


  1. Kerri December 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM #

    Another great find!
    Wishing you all the best for 2013!!

    • Jim December 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

      Thanks Kerri – hoping you have a great 2013!

  2. Chris Maskell January 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    Great shot Jim, really like the roof leading into the center of the frame

  3. Toad Hollow Photo January 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM #

    Love the natural leading line from the building, and the deep drama in the contrast and shadows in this shot, Jim! Top drawer!

One Trackback

  1. [...] Burned Out and Abandoned – the connection between photographer and subject is completely evident in this awesome picture from Jim Denham.  A section of a burned out and long abandoned building forms the perfect natural leading line to guide the viewer through this dramatic monochromatic piece.  The deep shadows in this shot even further the sense of drama. [...]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *