Room for a Family

The Rooms Beyond

Another from my and Melinda’s collaboration from Jordan River just west of Victoria. Her photo is above, mine is below. Melinda’s co-post can be found here and as it is her turn to do the writing this is what she says:

“The abandoned house that Ehpem and I explored had a lot of rooms, even though it wasn’t a very big place. We surmised that there’d been more than one addition, which accounted for the chopped-up floor plan. Almost any where we stood gave us views of other parts of the house. Only one room had boarded-up windows, so the morning light bounced around the interior in a very nice fashion. And that light combined with the various building materials and textures, and the shapes of decay gave us plenty of shoot.

Some of our commenters on earlier posts have asked us if we planned our shots with the idea of co-posting. I believe I speak for both of us when I say we’d like to be able to admit to that much planning. But the fact is that we just shot what we liked (though in a few cases there we’d point out something the other one might have missed). We had the benefit of having followed each other’s blogs for several years, and of having very similar interests in our choice of subjects. Shooting with another photographer was a rare treat for me, and I appreciate Ehpem’s willingness to devote time to the photographic cause!”


 I find it tragic to find this house crumbling. It could easily be made habitable – the roof is still good, there have been no leaks, most windows still have glass, mostly the doors are still in place. I know young people who would love the opportunity to make this into their family home. Instead it seems to be being mined for its wall board, fixtures, and other useful stuff. In fact, it looks like it has been prepared for demolition as most things removed have to either be recycled or are very expensive to dump and best separated. I suspect next time I am in the area, it may be gone.


For other posts in this collaboration click on this link.

My photo – Canon 5Dii, Canon 16-38/2.8 lens @ 19mm, Melinda photo – Nikon D7000, 28/1.8 lens






3 thoughts on “Room for a Family

    • Hi Ken, thanks for the continuing comments on this series! I have not seen most of Melinda’s shots, but when I look at my own I get that same feeling. The house was a very interesting place, with many different feels, colours and textures in each room. I probably have 200 photos from the house, most of which I have yet to edit. It was a great place for a camera!


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