Summer growth at an abandoned house.
Summer growth at an abandoned house.

Back to it.

Broken. Rotting. Falling Down. Abandoned.

There are thousands of these buildings all over New Orleans. Some were badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Others have been rotting for decades. Sometimes, the buildings that have been left abandoned for years are said to be “being demoed by neglect.” That’s kind of an easy way out for a property owner who ran out of money. Leave the building. Leave the city. Don’t pay property taxes. Let somebody else deal with it. Usually, that’s the city. There is a big, long process to either tear the building down or sell it for back taxes. After all, this is city government we are talking about. There was an auction of vetted, abandoned properties the other day. Oh no you don’t. Not me. A falling down building is about the last thing we need in this house. Besides, I already have one. Not the house the house we live in. The other one.

Anyway.

This is a little collection of pictures I made the other night. This is just a classic situation. There is a beautiful church next door. The houses in the neighborhood are in great condition — I’ll show you in the next few days. The church too. Then, there’s this place. It looks like somebody made an effort to restore and renovate it. They probably ran out of money too.  Just like the owner. Or maybe, the work was done by the owner. Now, summertime nature is taking over. The house is becoming rapidly over grown. If I remember, I’ll check back during winter. I’ll see how the place really looks.

The pictures. Yes. I did some work in post production. I wanted the pictures to look aged. A little old and weather-beaten. I think that I got there. Hopefully, I’ll just keep rolling. This is part of a long-term project that just sort of petered out. Like a lot of things.

Nature returns.
Nature returns.
Abandoned windows.
Abandoned windows.