Monday, April 24, 2006

left behind



Nearby there stands a shockingly decayed farm. The barn and house are barely visible in the tangle of trees and vines that cover the entire scene. It's downright creepy on a perfectly sunny day. While exploring and taking some photos I spotted this doll, lying underneath what was once the parlor window. It jolts me into the realization that this skeletal place was once a beautiful and thriving farm. This doll most likely belonged to renters, who moved in after the farmers ceased their operation. Renters stay on for awhile and then the place is abandoned forever, becoming the playground for raccoons and bats.

The loss of the self-sustaining family farm is most evident at this strange place.

This trend however, is nothing new. Andrew Wyeth's beautiful work "Public Sale", painted in 1943, depicted the dissolution of a farm homestead. And so it goes.....

3 comments:

srp said...

I think this is one of the saddest pictures I've seen. Did the little girl lose the doll, did she miss the doll? The doll was once loved, so was the farm.

pablo said...

Now I'll feel melancholy all day. Ah, the power of photography.

Floridacracker said...

That is a keeper.