Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Abandoned. The creator shows a photo from Berlin that is excellent and writes: “I’ve always loved wandering inside and taking photographs of abandoned buildings. Ruins are fascinating: in these physical spaces, the past, present, and future are one, and time becomes fuzzy.”

I am currently working on a piece of writing that deals a lot with abandoned places, especially ones that are right in front of us, but somehow are forgotten or overlooked, hiding secrets and history. I once wrote a post titled, “Cities That Inspire Us For all Sorts of Reasons,” which included two photos relevant to this topic. Below are my photos of the block around the corner from where I stayed during my last bout in the former GDR city of Leipzig, Germany. I come back to these photos of the abandoned schoolhouse often and have even written a story about it.

Places, spaces, and how we relate to them in fiction and writing is a top fascination of mine. I thank you for indulging me and if you want to see some more excellent abandoned photos, look at the Doublewhirler photo-blog, where they have captured some haunting images of the graffitied bobsled run from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics.

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16 comments

    1. Thanks–though, I wish I had a better camera with me and that I did a better job with angles on this one, but I’m always fascinated by crumbling structures and their texture.

  1. Wonderful post! In this case the graffitti not only adds color, but seems to keep the spirit of the school and its past alive.There is something youthful about it (or perhaps that’s the” giving authority the finger” vibe).

    Thanks for the link btw!

    1. It’s funny because I actually don’t know (or remember) what the structure was. I was pretty sure that it had to do with childcare, but you’re right about the color. One side of the city if very beautiful and grand. Then there is a park in the middle that separates it and on the other side you get a lot of what you see above.

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