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Delray Beach, FL
December 2008 [Click to enlarge]
This home sits on a road barely two blocks away from one of the nicest neighborhoods you'd ever hope to visit. Yet ask people who live around here if they've ever seen this old house, you'll usually get shrugged shoulders.
It's easy to see that once upon a time, this was a grand place to live. But countless years of abandonment under the relentless sub-tropical sun have taken their toll. Whoever lived here is long gone, as are the stories of their lives under this imposing, now-sagging roof. As I slowly walk around the perimeter and shoot in with my camera, I carefully watch where I step, as some of the more recent, transient residents seem to have left behind ample evidence of their own passage here.
It's always sad to see something so downtrodden. You almost wish you could close your eyes and imagine what it must have been like in its prime.
Your turn: This photo kicks off this week's Thematic Photographic theme, busted. For the next seven days, we'll be looking at things that are broken, run down, worn out or in otherwise sad condition. Obsolescence has so many stories, and I look forward to seeing what stories your photos will be able to tell over the next week.
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