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Home to the Shadows | by jeffsmallwood
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Home to the Shadows

I'd planned to get up early and go shooting, but I couldn't sleep which made it much easier to get moving. My sister-in-law had suggested checking out a place called Devil's Backbone where a segment of Antietam Creek runs through a park (I'll post photos of that later).


Across the street from the park, up on a small hill was this abandoned house. It was falling into considerable ruin and unlike many other abandoned places, it wasn't overrun with the detritus of rambunctious teenagers. The elements, and only the elements, seemed to be the single factor reclaiming this structure.


I explored inside (including upstairs) but this shot was my favorite, taken from outside the house looking in. Just as the sunlight was coming over the trees the shadows in this house seemed to come to life. I was lucky to be there at the right time.


This is an HDR created with five exposures.


Here is another shot from the opposite perspective, inside the house looking out.


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Taken on April 30, 2011