donovansane asked: I apologize if you've been asked this before, but out of all you've been to, which one is your favourite deserted house and why? I mean, not necessarily write the address down, but just the vibe you get from it and the look of it... if that makes sense... or any other reason. I just find your photography marvellous and I admire your keen sense of adventure
I love this question! My favorite abandoned house is on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. I found it two summers ago by accident. Its a plain white farmhouse outside of a small town. The house was mostly in good shape, although it was obvious we weren’t the first people inside. The wall calender was from 1991. The house was last lived in by a woman named Alice. She went to Paris when she was young, and had a collection of postcards she kept in her bedroom. Her clothes were still hung neatly in her closet. Alice had a baby book hidden in the back of a bookshelf. Inside were dozens of photos of her as a child. She was a collector. She had decades worth of National Geographic magazines stacked and bundled in her closet. She had a wooden piano in her living room, and two old tvs sitting next to each other in front of the sofa. Maybe one was broken. What I thought was most sad is that Alice died more than 20 years ago and her family let her home sit and rot. While the house was in alright condition, the door was off its hinges and it was obvious that bored teenagers had looted the place and taken anything they thought was valuable. The floor was covered in old letters, papers and magazines. And the baby book full of photos. Why would a family let that sit for 20 years? Why would nobody take it. Just makes me feel kind of bad and makes me wonder what her life was like. I feel like I am at least honoring her life, by being so interested in how she lived and being respectful of her belongings. A lot of houses make me feel this way.