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Saturday 25 September 2010


Old abandoned house in Ontario
Old abandoned house in Ontario - Click for larger

I guess I think too much. Sometimes it keeps me awake at night. Not because I’m unhappy and full of angst but because of all the possibilities in my life. They are endless and I find that exciting. But if you listen to the news, you will think our society and way of life is in decay. Fear is such a powerful way to control a human mind. If we listen to just one side of things we will make conclusions such as crime is rampant and the murder rate is skyrocketing in our society. I don’t think that’s the case. In fact statistics show crime has been declining overall in Canada over the last decade. So why are we so afraid? When some people experience change, they feel negative about it. They want the world to stay just as they perceive it for all time to come. I like to think that change is all we really have. I came across a quote recently. It ties in well with something I have been working on.

"The most important question you'll ever ask is whether the Universe is a friendly place."

Albert Einstein

I think, how you answer the above question influences your overall outlook and affects how you embrace change. The project I'm working on is called Decay. It is about old abandoned places that are on their last legs.
Haunted House
Haunted House - Click for larger

When photographing these sites, I hear the voices and sounds of the past: a screen door slamming; a kid running out to hop on a bike; workers coming and going over the years to work and earn a living. They are places and things that represent our history.
Old Truck
Old Truck - Click for larger

They are in decay. They will soon be gone. With every fallen building or forest fire, there is first decay and then renewal. Change. It’s all we have. It’s all we are. Enjoy it.
Abandoned House and Canola
Abandoned House and Canola - Click for larger

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Anonymous Andrea said...


As usual, I am in love with your work... your project "Decay" really speaks to me... there's just something about places and objects that have been left behind with such stories to tell. They stand tall and strong in the midst of their neglect, and it makes me wonder just what will remain of each of our lives after we move on...

Change, though I often find it frightening, encourages us to grow and explore new life. Thanks for being someone who encouraged (and encourages) me to jump outside the circle of comfort and see what lies on just the other side.

(the "I hate photoshop" girl who's learned to like it in her own way)

5 October 2010 at 12:27  

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