The Allure of Abandonment

One of the many aspects I find exciting about photography is its ability to nudge you to see things you would not have noticed otherwise. Some will argue that photography draws a person away from experiencing the here and now of a moment by zeroing in on fragments and thus forgetting to take in the whole breadth of a situation. But I will argue that, on the contrary, photography can help you experience a moment more deeply by forcing you to take stock of a situation, its myriad components, and how they all fit together.

Here is a succession of photos that made me think of this —

 

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Had I not been enticed by the discord of an abandoned trailer, I would not have noticed the windows’ layers of broken glass, and consequently, this lovely spider preparing itself a meal.

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