The old buildings I like to photograph aren’t the usual. I choose to have nostalgia about them and some sort of historical connection to our common past. To tell a story, old buildings to be photographed need to have some enjoyable rustic character and sometimes, rough charm.
Usually, to find them means running down the old back roads to ramble. Often, that means going to out of the way places where time creeps along slowly. Change is always constant. But in those rural places down the unbeaten path, change seems to have a bit more patience and bides its own sweet time.
The general shot list would include old churches, mills, schoolhouses, and one of my favorites, old gas stations. Old sheds and carriage houses can be interesting too.
Unfortunately, those old gas stations are hard to find anymore. They’re nearly all gone. Like everything else in this gallery, they eventually fade into the past and disappear.
Schoolhouses once were common, but they are nearly gone too. I’ve even found a dilapidated few with trees growing out of the windows in what today is a farm field. On the other hand, there are a few being used as homes today.
Education is built to last and to be used, but apparently not what houses it. As well, there are pictures here of a nearly abandoned high school which shows abandonment isn’t always out in the countryside.
An old rural church can be a fascinating find, especially with old Victorian architectural styles. Some are still out there in use, but many are just fading away in place with congregations disappeared. Some old churches the doors locked and the stained glass has gone or covered in plywood; others you can just walk right in.
Farms are a great place to uncover old buildings and they have their own gallery on the website. The summer and winter barn pictures and such are there. Being such a wide subject, farms and other agricultural things needed their own place to show them.
In this gallery, some of the old buildings are still active and in use today. I hope you enjoy this collection made mostly during two-lane blacktop rambles; that’s where to find the good nuggets that lie out there in rural America. All the pictures are available as quality prints on super high gloss, canvas, or matted paper. ~Andy