|Gate To Indifference - Salt Lake City, Utah|
Less than two months ago I photographed an abandoned house in rural Salt Lake City, Utah. The picture above, Gate To Indifference, is of that house, as is Tree of Broken Glass below. Not long afterwards the house was torn down. Now the ground has been leveled and a big construction project is underway.
One of my photographic styles is photojournal. I document the things around me, the things that I see. I'm not a snapshooter. I try to do this in a unique and imaginative way. Perhaps I'm a creative photojournalist, at least to a certain extent.
Documentation photography is important because things change, sometimes quickly. If something isn't recorded in a photograph, then only fading memories remains. The stuff we see around us will eventually be lost to history. Preserving glimpses of disappearing sights ensures that to some extent history will remember these things.
With documentation photography, the "here and now" doesn't usually care. So what that an old house that nobody even noticed got demolished? That's progress. Life goes on. Play me a sad song on the world's smallest violin.
|Tree of Broken Glass - Salt Lake City, Utah|
Sometime down the road, however, someone will tell their children that the place where this massive (and ugly) warehouse now stands used to be rural farm country. There were houses there. Cows and horses, too. And alfalfa fields. Deer used to run through the now-long-gone trees.
Time has a way of making us sentimental. 10 or 25 or 50 or 100 years from now someone will care that a photographer documented this time and place. It will matter eventually. It's not for nothing that I do this.
The house has been gone for a number of weeks now. Big machines were brought in: excavators, bulldozers, earth movers, and more. The sight looks completely different today than just two months ago. And it will continue to change shape as a large industrial structure is built.
Below are some photographs that I captured of where the now-demolished abandoned house sat just a few weeks ago. These are the "after" pictures. I used a Fujifilm X100F and Acros film simulation. These are unedited straight-out-of-camera JPEGs. I only mention that because they look fantastic! I've never seen camera-made JPEGs look this good. They definitely have a film-like quality to them. Enjoy!
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|Old Rag - Salt Lake City, Utah|
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