Fellow Canadian writer and urban explorer Lisa de Nikolits recently photographed an old farmhouse she came across in rural southern Ontario. This was somewhere in the vicinity of the small town of Moscow which is northwest of Kingston.
Lisa is one of Canada’s rising literary stars and she is fabulous with a camera as well. She agreed to let me share some of her old house photos with you….
This poor abandoned structure was left in quite a chaotic mess. But amid the choas and debris are intriguing clues to the lives that were lived here.
Writers are attuned to detail – they are just wired that way. Descriptive detail is what gives life to prose. So it makes sense that writers will hone in on the small, seemingly insignificant things while photographing intimate spaces.
Is it just me or is there something incredibly poignant about peeling paint?
Decay and debris can be scintillating to the discerning eye….
One clue to a home’s history are fragments of old wallpaper…
Below you can see the decades of wall fashion that came and went…. late 1970’s, late 1980’s….
A leafy tree branch delicately poking through a broken window pane…
How does chaos and ugliness lend itself so subtly to beauty?
It is in the form, colors, shadows, and light.
Why are some of us so captivated with the mundane remains of people’s everyday lives left so hastily behind…
It is the visual clues quietly narrating a story; history and cultural references filling in the blanks.
Below: Who remembers these old things from grandma’s house?
(I guess that depends on your generation – perhaps you even owned one yourself!)
Details in the decay…
My Ontario friends who were around in the ’80’s will remember that slogan!
Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing these intriguing photos with us.
You can check out Lisa’s website here: www.lisadenikolitswriter.com
[All photos copyrighted to Lisa de Nikolits 2014 and used here with permission]