Includes "Yesterday's Buildings," "Yesterday's Theaters," Yesterday's Accommodations," "Yesterday's Depots," & Yesterday's Opera Houses." I think it is both the architect and mystic in me that draws me to old buildings, The architect in me appreciates the design, while the mystic within senses a mystery to be unraveled in the stories embedded in an old structure.
There is something about seeing a derelict farmhouse, barn, windmill, or farm implement that makes me get the camera out to record the image. Perhaps it is because falling down barns, out buildings, and discarded implements remind me of an era almost lost. They make me wonder about the people who utilized these barns, used these implements, and farmed these acres ... What was life like for them? Why are these farms, these implements, now abandoned? Why did agricultural industries die?
Austin has its roots in government, farming and ranching, even today there are remnants of large ranches and farms to be found. With its economy found elsewhere, the city was never a major heavy manufacturing center, although today remnants of such industry, as well as those of warehousing, remain.
Coming across so many seemingly abandoned and overgrown cemeteries, as I wandered about, I once considered a photo project called, "Who Cries for the Dead? It has been said that a society cannot call itself civilized if it does not honor the final resting places of its antecedents. Here in Texas we are trying to do just that, yet ....