Remember how I said I was going to be snap happy this past weekend? My camera and I had a grand ol' time together at an abandoned house. I was there to photograph some of the revamped vintage clothes that I will be selling in my upcoming etsy shop. The dress below use-to-be a sheath dress (long sleeves and floor length) but I gave it a modern spin. It took me a few hours but I adore the outcome. What do you think?
As for why you should never wear sandals to an abandoned house, I stepped on a rusty nail. It hit me on the side of my foot and punctured the skin. Ouch! So, of course I have not have a tetanus shot in the last ten years so off to insta-care I went.
Anyways, let me tell you a little about this house.
I first explored this house six years ago in high school. My friend had told me the story about the house: a young boy killed himself while living there about 30 years ago. Her mom had gone to school with the boy when they were younger. The family up and left, leaving all behind when this happened. Six years ago when I went one dark night all the furniture, yearbooks, records, everything was still inside the house though windows had been broken and weather had taken it's toll. It was terrifying in the dark with my high school buddies by my side.
In daylight, it's quite different. Six years later the house is empty, destroyed, and graffiti lines the walls. Many photographers use this site. I called the number on the no trespassing sign to ask permission. An old lady who sounded like she had dust in her throat answered. Her name was Marylou Huff. She ok'd me to photograph at the site. Yes!
Amongst the glass and rubble on the floor I noticed a pretty floral card; To the World's Best Aunt, Happy Birthday! Signed; from Marylou. (There is a picture above of the card, fourth one down.) It was weird being inside that house wondering what really happened and knowing I had just spoken with the lady whose life had been dearly effected by it.
I was holding, in my hand, a card signed by her 30 years ago when times were normal. It was a quite moment in space and time.