Disclaimer: I do not promote trespassing on grounds that is off limits to the public. If you wish to visit an abandoned place, for your safety, please reach out to the property owners to gain access. If you don’t, I am not held accountable for the fines that may occur.
I almost gave up. The past couple of weeks, actually months, I have been loosing it all. Finally it took me a good kick in the butt to own up and start being a man. Lately I haven’t, and I think that has made me loose inspiration also. I hope things can turn around, but for now I have to start working harder and better at what is in front me. Meaning letting go of music, not photographing shows as much. I lost sight into why I was doing what I was doing. I was photographing too many and burning myself out. I missed out on memories and didn’t notice problems around me. I have one show this weekend then another next month and that will be all until who knows. Music will always be a big part of me, but I think it is time to back off a little and focus on what makes me truly happy. Actually getting rid of a lot stuff does, but planning trips for my next adventure is more exciting. Like my #optoutside weekend. More to come on this!
However, what brought me to this realization was a big eye opener, which I won’t get into, but I was scared at first and now it seems to hopefully be the best thing that could happen. It reconnected me with who I should be and what I should do. Also letting go of material things, a big one for everyone to do, but once you get past that the jumping off the ledge, it isn’t so bad. Things don’t make me happy, creating does. I still hope that when I have kids I can pass down all these photos in hopes of them realizing that their father didn’t just sit around, he went out there and did something. That brings me to this abandoned farm house. A house where it technically all started, I should say the road. The picture in my header is only a mile or so from where this abandoned house is.
When I first saw this house I wondered, who lived there? The place could’ve been beautiful at one point and I wanted to see if the inside matched the outside. Unfortunately, the location makes it hard to find out. Cops drive up and down and once I was questioned for my curiosity. The “truth” behind this property is that the airport bought out all the people living on the road for reasons I am unsure off. Expansion, liability, money…I don’t know, but when I moved there, there were a lot more houses compared to now. This house though looks like it could stand forever. It’s been through a lot and I think it stands because it is iconic while you drive on the road. All alone except when the summer comes and the vegetation takes over.
Recently while driving I saw the door had a huge hole in it. Looks like someone was curious like me. This sparked my interested, maybe I can finally get inside. Getting my friend and someone to be the getaway car, we got dropped off in front and waited till no cars were in sight. Made a run for it and got inside. Finally, seeing what was inside. I didn’t expect tables, clothes, etc in here, but I wasn’t expecting how much damage there was. A lot of floors and the roof had collapse. Watching your step was key. The the sun room was amazing to see, but had a terrible smell. There was something dead somewhere. Making my way upstairs, you had to walk on little pieces of wood. The stairs were practically gone. Again while upstairs, had to watch your step and walk on wood beams. I wasn’t afraid of that, because one this house is still standing and two they were built to last. Once I finished upstairs I made my way to a side house/shed, oddly enough this was really clean unlike the main building. Back inside, I made my way to the basement which was like the movie Home Alone. The furnace looked angry and it was pitch black in other rooms. Not a lot to photograph, but I made the best of it in the time I had inside. Wish I had my external flash with me!
I called my ride to come pick me up and left. After all these years, I finally got to see what was inside this mysterious building and it was worth it. Hopefully it stays, the same as my situation too, if not I will make sure to fight to keep it alive.