Photographs of a Vanishing America
A very special surprise came in the mail yesterday, and I had to share it with you as my pick for the book of the month. I'm fortunate that I am able to travel a lot for work and fun, and any chance I get to take a drive on a back road, I take it. There is something I love about passing through unknown small towns, seeing the simplicity, the peacefulness, and feeling as though I have been transported back in time. Over the years I have stopped at every chance to take pictures of country homes, churches or beautiful open fields; but there has always been a fascination with abandoned homes. I always wonder who lived there, what their life was like, and why the home was ever left. This all brings me to the beautiful book RUIN by Brian Vanden Brink. This is a collection of these unexpected beauties, which Brian has photographed over a period of thirty years during his travels as a professional photographer. This book is by far one of my favorites now (don't bypass the Photographer's Statement-beautifully written). I couldn't help but stare through this book for hours last night, and I think I will continue to be intrigued by these mysterious places for a while to come...
North Jay, Maine
St. James Parish, Louisiana