Another of my favorite subjects

I know different people have very different feelings for what is attractive in a photo so we’re all allowed a little quirkiness. One of my quirks is a fondness for old dilapidated buildings like this one:

Doing geodashing gets me out into a lot of middle-of-nowhere and so I encounter a lot of abandoned buildings, sometimes wondering what purpose they once served, or like this one (in central Iowa), why it’s all by itself, nowhere (not in a town). It doesn’t really look like a gas station (which are common, in nowhere) and it’s not a house, so maybe it was the old-timey equivalent of a convenience store. The young tree in front kinda spoils the shot but I wasn’t going to chop it down to improve the composition.

Every now and then while examining a building like this some person comes out of unseen nowhere to question what I’m doing. After I convince them I’m not going to damage their precious building often I get the story of its history, like the drain pipe manufacturing plant I encountered in nowhere Ohio. It was deep in Trumpistan and the owner was convinced imports had driven it out of business, but I’ve seen enough of the much higher-tech, much more cost effective plastic piping (on large rolls) that can be installed by a single person operating one machine in a day whereas the old tile pipes took a whole crew many days. Sorry, it wasn’t foreign competition (although possibly that commonplace (in farm country) plastic drainage pipe is made outside the USA), it was superior more cost-effective technology.

About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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4 Responses to Another of my favorite subjects

  1. Marsi says:

    I like the tree in front. As it grows the building slowly crumbles back into the earth. A metaphor for human fragility?

    Anyway, I too love vacant buildings as subject matter. There is such beauty in decay.

    • dmill96 says:

      Interesting, I hadn’t looked at it that way. I really feel that when I’ve seen images of all the trees growing and around and through those temples in Cambodia, nature reclaiming human artifacts.

      We encounter a lot of interesting old buildings in “nowhere” in the Great Plains in USA. I’ll have some more shots of these.

      • Marsi says:

        I look forward to seeing your Great Plains pictures. I am drawn to the blue highways of New Mexico and West Texas – lots of great old buildings there.

        • dmill96 says:

          New Mexico, even West Texas, are a lot older and so have more historical sites. What’s shocking, somewhat, is how relatively recent settlement has been so abandoned in the Great Plains.

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