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Small Town Architecture

Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Are the Main Streets of small towns the forgotten thoroughfares of our memories? Certainly they are not what they used to be: thriving arteries linking neighbor folk in their daily endeavors. For many years now, populations have chosen sprawl over centralized communities and the suburbs have boomed at the expense of small towns.

Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Fortunately I’m beginning to see, in the American South where I live, a return to the towns and lives that were more associated with our grandparents’ than our parents’ generation. While life certainly may be more modern, there is a revitalization going on. Shop windows lining Main Street, facing the local railroad lines are being dressed up again for a new clientele. The structures are being spruced up, repurposed to fit our ideas of desirable economic function.

Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

In my travels, in visits with family and friends, I get to witness some of these changes over time, and document architecture in its various stages of life. Here are some of my latest photographs–portraits of brick, mortar, and wood in small town USA–depicting Main Street at night, an awning of an art-deco styled building, and an abandoned peach shed by the railroad.

Urban Decay

Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

I’ve been interested in this relatively new field of photography called urban decay. There are many great photographers who seek out abandoned spaces and who specialize in capturing the latter moments of a building’s life before its complete demise. And the better photographs can only be described as “hauntingly beautiful,” a term best suited to this genre.

On recent trip to Tennessee, I found a great spot at an old factory to practice taking a few pictures in this style. As much as any other type of photography good light is essential, but also trying to capture and highlight the decay in an effective way, to evoke aspects such as waste, former glory, loneliness,  imagination, and beauty in an overlooked landscape, is equally important.

Here’s a few of my tries–click on a picture to see it full size–I would love to hear what people think.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Hello everyone, I’m entering my first photo challenge with this post on the theme abandoned.

Just this past weekend I discovered an old house that has seen better days, and I chose four shots that show the place in detail. All were taken in color and then converted to monochrome in post-processing.

Finding, seeing, and photographing old houses is one of my favorite hobbies so I’m excited that Notes Of Light gets to take part in this photography challenge, especially as it is my first one here on WordPress.