Ruin 3

I posted a photo of this house a couple of years ago. It’s a sad sight but I’m drawn to how visual it is in its decay. In Washington it seems that all you need to do is dampen something and it’s soon hosting the growth of all manner of things. And the same moisture seems to hasten disintegration.

Ruin 3a

I thought it would be interesting to see this place in black and white. Once I converted it I wasn’t so sure. Black and white or color?

Ruin 3

Then there was the back yard. Sad, too, but fascinating in an odd way. It was as if a busy life was halted in mid-stride and the remnants left where they fell.

Ruin boat 1

So here’s another one. Black and white or color?

8 thoughts on “Ruin”

  1. I am not a fan of B&W photography. I don’t have a B&W TV in my house. My music is not recorded in mono either. I see in colour. Artist don’t paint in B&W. The world is meant to be seen in colour. The bottom line is if you like black and photography… use it. It’s your camera and your blog. Don’t let other people tell you what you should put on your blog.
    PS: I do follow blogs B&W photo blogs. I don’t hate it. 🙂

  2. I agree with Stefan in that the b&w ages the place, but I prefer color for in this case it give one a better look at the reality of disintegration.

  3. Usually I like black and white, but there is something appealing about the color here. It is sad how quickly an unused home turns to ruin.

  4. B&W really lends a “feel” to these images. In this case, color is distracting. I was a professional photographer (back in the film days) and worked almost exclusively in color. But nothing captures atmosphere better than B&W. Good shots. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. I always wonder, at what time did the owners decide/have to walk away and abandon things ? What prompted their decision to no longer take care of the property – was it misfortune, laziness, lack of concern, despair?

  6. I nearly always prefer color, and I prefer color here, too. The few times I prefer B+W for my own photos are where the colors are blending together and converting the photo makes features stand out better. That isn’t the case here.

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