Dereliction—Colours of Abandonment

Our latest photography expeditions are being compiled – just in time for Exposure Festival in February.

Dereliction is an eye on things abandoned: ignored, forgotten, forlorn, fading away, dismissed by our modern predilection for everything new.

  • Following the Ghost Town Trail along obsolete railroads: from Tiny to Biggar, Eastend to Westbend, Smuts to Maidstone.
  • Searching houses, stores, shops, barns, and churches left to the elements, owls, and racoons.
  • Capturing vignettes of abstract beauty, hidden away in stuff left behind: crackling paint, peeling wallpaper, perishing linoleum, disintegrating vinyl, rusting equipment.
  • Revealing a context of depression, foregone inhabitants just walked away, vanished, disappeared—or were maybe escorted away in a straightjacket.
  • Wondering if there was intention to return, but not enough room for one last suitcase, not to mention the piano.
  • Exposing the edgy side—welcome to The Bone House…

But first, here’s the plan, Stan: after a two week reconnaissance road trip, one week to sweep southern Alberta, then a five week photography expedition to Saskatchewan – eight weeks on the Ghost Town Trail! Added a few more days and clicks for Chevy in the Levy… Check out our adventure planning map here:

Prairie Ghost Towns

Prairie Ghost Towns

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