Monday 28 October 2013

Abandoned shed, Northland, New Zealand.
Abandoned building, Northland, New Zealand.
Abandoned house in Northland, New Zealand. The weatherboards are falling off the side.
Another view of the same abandoned house in Northland, New Zealand. The roof is rusting off.
Abandoned shed in Northland, New Zealand. One corner of the roof is caving in.
Abandoned home in Northland, New Zealand.
Abandoned red barn in Northland, New Zealand.
Abandoned building on stilts in Northland, New Zealand.
An abandoned home in a paddock. Both doors are gone; you can see right through it.




A house that's been abandoned isn't inherently more interesting than one that's not. Maybe we're fascinated by abandoned houses because they have only one question left: where did the people go? When we see a house that's lived in, there are too many things to wonder. Is the picket fence ironic? Do the jumble of shoes by the door indicate visitors or mess? Is there a couch on the veranda, a barbecue, or neither? These things tell us things about the people who live there, but there are too many questions to ask, then answer, and we've already walked past.

An abandon house bypasses all of those things and simply asks, where are you?

Coming from a city with a chronic housing shortage, it seems absurd that someone might build an entire house, and then not live there.

Was it a crisis? Or a simple forgetting? Did they build that nice house in the next paddock, and mean to rent out the original, and then just never find a taker? Are the houses full of things, or simply empty?

All these images were taken from a moving car. I used a Holga Lens on my Canon camera. Those things together explain the picture quality.

These were taken from State Highways 1 and 16 in Northland New Zealand. I missed many more shots than this. How many more abandoned buildings were there, out of sight?


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