Monday, April 2, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Abandoned, Neglected

Fourteen of us posted pictures of abandoned and neglected structures.   So it seems somewhat ironic  that the Spotlight now has to overlook and neglect eight of those posts. 

BAGMAN (Singing loudly):  Laugh about it, shout about it, when you've got to choose - Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose..."

BUTLER (joining in):  "So here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.  Jesus loves you know that you will know.  Wo Wo Wo!"

BAGMAN:  "Wow!  Ann Bancroft was really hot in that movie!"

I suggest quietly that Bagman go and take a cold shower while I start spotlighting the neglected posts that I am not going to neglect.   Not that I'm really neglecting the others.  You know what I mean.

Pauline's footbridge
(cross here and you will get your feet wet)

Queenmother Mamaw's trash shot --
(Not neglect so much as intentional abandonment)
-- heading for the landfill, the mother of all abandonment!

Ann's battle bunkers on Maiori land
The structures were abandoned but the land was reclaimed!

Ginger's abandoned building window
Looks like the land is starting to reclaim itself!

So delicate!

Scriptor's masterpiece
The essence of abandonment

I have to admit that while some of the best pictures came from this theme, I came away with a sense of sadness and loss.  But good photography does that.   It conveys feeling.  I was proud of all of us this week, looking honestly and creatively at a bleaker side of our hometowns.  

But next week we will be exploring the warm coziness of "Hidden Niches" -- not to assume that all hidden niches are warm and cozy.  I can't wait to see what y'all come up with. 

PS:
For Bagman's benefit, I will add that Anne Bancroft, whose real name was "Anna Maria Luisa Italiano" was married to Mel Brooks for 40 years until her death in 2005.






5 comments:

  1. BAGMAN says: "I'm so envious of Mel Brooks!"

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  2. I've just realised from your photos that I didn't do the rounds of everyone's blog this week - oops.
    I dread to think where I'm going to find hidden niches...

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  3. don't be sad.... the theme instruction included "Try to compose a photo to capture the feeling of abandonment." my building was an 'english' pub for 20 years - they moved up the street about a year ago, building finally being reformed.... soon to be a new bar or restaurant. was terrible inside, dark and dingy - we can hope for something better next time. so a reason to celebrate? .... now what to do next week????

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  4. you did great, i would have picked EG, Scriptor and Queenmother as the top three in that order. it is hard and you did great.

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  5. Yes Mark this was a sad theme but you lightened it up with your humor. After all you are right, photography should convey the entire spectrum of feelings and situations.Thanks for the posting. My photography has definitely improved since taking part in this project.
    QMM

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