Evidence of an Existence — Time Ran Out

Time Ran Out

Time Ran Out

On a cold Sunday afternoon last weekend, a friend and I went out looking for something to photograph.  As I’ve done many times during the past few years, I guided my car out into rural Geauga and Ashtabula Counties in Ohio.  The recession of a few years ago had a severe impact on parts of these counties.  We came upon a deserted home and barn and stopped to take a look.  As we approached the house, we found that the front door was gone and the house was wide open all around.  Looking inside, the floors appeared to be intact and secure so we ventured inside.  The deteriorating clock was lying on a piece of furniture just inside the door and seemed symbolic to me, time had run out on this residence.

Where did they go?

Where did they go?

As we investigated further we found a home that seemed to have been abandoned but not emptied.  The open dresser was still full of clothes.

A sad reminder of past residents.

A sad reminder of past residents.

A photo album was left to deteriorate on the floor, showing children or grandchildren who perhaps occupied this farm house.

For Better and ......?

For Better and ……?

A Mother’s Day card signifying “better days” and perhaps sadly suggesting worse days to come.

Evidence of a human existence.

Evidence of a human existence.

Did the house go into foreclosure?  Did the family just up and leave?  Did they pass away and other family, if there were any, just abandon the property?  So many questions came to mind as we explored further.

The living room.

The living room.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

The living room and kitchen, still full of furniture, cookware, dishes and another clock suggesting that at 11:55 something ended.

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What once appeared to be a very large barn, partially collapsed, now served as a canvas for graffiti.

The entire period of time exploring this property become increasingly mysterious and sad, wondering what happened to the occupants of this home and farm.  The possibilities are many and the days since shooting it have been full of wondering, imagining and writing stories in my head.  All sad however.

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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16 Responses to Evidence of an Existence — Time Ran Out

  1. Maria Kaiser says:

    What a poignant visual story Kolman. I think you should explore further. Are there neighbor’s? What’s the nearest town Sorry Kolman – your story has just begun!

    Maria

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  2. mferra says:

    What a beautiful homage to that home and family. Love the piece and the photos.

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  3. jerrysherman says:

    Touching, mysterious, dangerous, and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this moment. You are inspiring me!

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  4. Bob says:

    I agree with Maria. A very moving story…and of course, great photographs. I hope you will keep us posted if you decide to follow-up on this.

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  5. Awesome job, Kolman. Yes, it does leave you writing stories in your head. All that waste — belongings, buildings, land, maybe even lives. Please add my voice to the chorus asking for updates. I would love to know more of this story!

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  6. Great pictures and descriptions, Kolman. The pictures make me sad. If that old clock could talk, just think of the stories it could tell of the time it spent hanging on the wall.

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  7. sydspix says:

    I grew up in Indiana and it is a shame to see a farm fall into such deterioration. Beautiful images though sad!

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    • Thanks for your comment! Yes, it is sad to see this. Certain counties here in northeast Ohio seem to be more depressed than others. Just south of here many of the farms are vibrant and well kept up. Some in this area are fine too but many very run down and/or abandoned!

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  8. Intriguing and beautiful in its sadness ….. Eileen

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