A few weeks ago, I ventured out into Davidson County to locate an old house seen months earlier on Old Greensboro Rd. Though rain was in the forecast that day, it had only appeared briefly as a light shower. The sky was thick with gray billowing rain clouds, I knew the clouds would complement any exterior shots of the house, and also knew more contrast in the clouds could be extracted with a little post processing. When I found the house, it appeared I would have time to shot a series of this house before it rained again.
Interestingly, there were a few signs the previous inhabitants had started refurbishing the front of the house, but apparently had given up . Perhaps they felt the house was too far gone to continue with restorations. This seems to be a common decision that leads to abandonment. If only the house had been incrementally cared for in past.
The best compositions turned out to be the left side and rear of the house. Here I found little sign of restoration, decay had firmly set in. As expected, the rain clouds added to the mood of the composition while also providing textural and soft shape contrast with the house. I felt the interior image turned out quite nicely. To me, the light itself is the subject here. It softly spills through the decrepit window onto the aged wooden floor, ceiling and barely the wall. The room lies empty except for a few objects, which add visual interest and clues about the former inhabitants.