A to Z Challenge: A is for Abandoned (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (The A to Z of Wabi Sabi: an exploration of wabi-sabi photography (and accompanying commentary), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters more on the fly than I originally planned 🙂

Anyway, here we go…A is for Abandoned.  Farm buildings, in this case.  In Saskatchewan to be more specific.

So, just to be clear, my A to Z challenge posts will contain photos I have taken, preferably recently (like, this month – even on the day of my posting!) but sometimes, photos from the past (because I couldn’t, or didn’t, find anything to take a picture of more recently…)  Then, I will tell you a bit about my daily word choice and about the pictures that go with it, in the spirit that is Wabi Sabi.  Ready to begin?

Abandoned.

On my trip last fall, I found myself drawn to abandoned things.  Broken things.  Things that other people might sat were not beautiful enough to take pictures of.  Susan found the word for my photography muse:  Wabi Sabi,  And nothing represents this more for me than abandoned buildings.   There is a wistfulness about them; I was going to say sadness, but I don’t feel sad when I look at them.  I wonder who lived there, and what kind of life they had, and why they left.  But I especially love the way these man-made structures slowly melt back into the natural landscape.  Also, they make great scary pictures when you make them black and white!

Here are some of the abandoned buildings I saw last September:

Thanks for visiting my first A to Z Challenge post of 2018.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z Challenge Master List (Google Docs).  Stay tuned for B is for… Tomorrow!!

Posted on April 1, 2018, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Abandoned–I love this. I so enjoy poking around (as much as I am able) and creating a story about these old buildings in my head. Yay! Great start, Emily.

  2. Great photos! Abandoned objects are very photogenic.

  3. There’s something rather beautiful about abandoned buildings, and a litle sad.

  4. Love these photos. I particularly like the central ones, maybe because they have a stronger balance.

  5. Love your pictures, there is something strangely interesting about abandoned buildings 😊

  6. Loved the photos! great start with the A to Z challenge!

  7. Great photos. Following thanks to the A to Z Challenge, look further to the rest of your April!

  8. Gorgeous photographs. There’s a lot of emotion in an abandoned building.

  9. love abandoned buildings – I love imagining who lived there. Lovely shots.
    Nice to meet you on the A to Z challenge.

  10. Wonderful photos! I just love seeing the forlorn and forgotten houses and buildings. Like you say, they all must have a story to tell. Great beginning to the challenge! 🙂

  11. Wistful – yes, I love that. 🙂

  12. I like your creative angles. Abandoned buildings do make a person wonder who lived there and what was life like for them. It’s unfortunate the buildings can’t speak.

  13. Abandoned buildings carry so much history. If only they could talk. Great photos.

  14. I come from a farm background and have a love of old barns. I pull over when I’m driving in the midwest and see a lovely old wreck of a barn and HAVE to get a picture. This is a great subject. Thanks.

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