Kiss the World Goodbye
From my previous post on exploring abandoned places with my Fuji EX-1, here’s the abandoned home near Spring Arbor, Mich.
There was also a business of some sort attached to the property (it’s listed as commercial real estate, I think I saw on the sign). A boat out back, a big field, and a large empty storefront.
I always wonder why these types of places are taken over by homeless folks. The threat of arrest? Guarding your turf from other vagabonds?
A lot of the house, especially past the kitchen, were too dark to explore. But there were enough fun little details, like the hat sitting on the counter, to make this a worthwhile location.
I may have to ask my realtor friends what the story is on this property.
Spring Arbor, Michigan
I drive by this abandoned farm every morning on my way into work.
Every building looks on the verge of collapse – or is in fact collapsing.
Since I pass it every day, I watch to see if anyone is ever there. There’s only been one time when I noticed the locked gate open and a pickup truck in the driveway. Other than that, nothing. No one.
From what little I could tell, it looks like it used to be an old orchard or market – with a storefront.
There’s lots of scattered equipment everywhere. Lots of pieces look like they were dropped right there when the owners walked away.
And the doorways. They’re all propped shut – like the former owners were trying to keep something inside.
Nothing but bedlam. And time. And rain and snow, wearing away at the foundations of this place until the only thing holding the walls up are the propped two-by-fours.
Last fall I finally took a chance and slipped in for a walk-around.
It’s eerie. It really does look like something catastrophic happened and the farmers had no choice but to flee.
That’s me placing a story on top of something time and weather accomplished. But still, it’s fun to wonder.
Photos edited with VSCO Film 03 Polaroid 690-, and shot with the Canon EOS M.