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Abandoned Church

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Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley

Abandoned Church

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Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley

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  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Nov 2007, 04:39
Nice...a field of weeds of many varieties and denominations.
Great picture, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: I love waking up and getting a laugh from you. I hope your sense of humour is the last to go. Thanks, Ray.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 2007, 05:19
This is a realy nice picture Mary, the colour of the field and the 'old' church belong to eachother, have a nice weekend smile
Mary MacADNski: I left the long weeds in purposely but thought people would have suggested I crop them out. People have mentioned them but not in a negative way. Wonderful. you have a nice weekend too. We are expecting snow. A little tonight and 10 cm. in Saturday night. Glad I'm hiking today.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 05:31
LOL at Ray's comment. Many denominations. smile

This is such an idyllic, iconic shot of days gone by, Mary. It reminds me of the one-room school houses that still stand in some places in the States. I hope they never tear them down!
Mary MacADNski: Ray, as you know, is a card. Very funny man. In the sixties they sold all the one room school houses and people turned them into homes. I have a friend with one. Just a couple of weeks ago the catholic diocese announced a closure of 22 churchs due to lack of priests, high heating costs, smaller congregations, etc. Most will be sold and turned into homes or stores or restaurants. And on it goes...
  • Iain
  • Toronto
  • 30 Nov 2007, 06:02
It looks very abandoned, that is for sure. These kinds of left-behind buildings fascinate me and my town-planner'ness. smile Thanks for sharing.
Mary MacADNski: I love old churches too. Just a couple of weeks ago the catholic diocese announced a closure of 22 churchs due to lack of priests, high heating costs, smaller congregations, etc. Most will be sold and turned into homes or stores or restaurants. I would have bought one in the city two years ago if it had had a driveway. You can't park on the street in winter (snow removal) and without a driveway, what do you do if you own a car. The catholic church in my community is one of the 22 but it's modern and not churchy if you know what I mean thus I'm not at all interested. The old one room schools were also sold in the sixties and were also turned into homes. One of my friends has one.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2007, 07:25
Nice. i would love to see this one in B&W. Seems there will be a great tonal variation...
Mary MacADNski: I'm going to try that, Richa.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2007, 08:32
Captured it perfectly Mary, love the forground.
A lot of people here buy them and turn them into homes.
Mary MacADNski: Just a couple of weeks ago the catholic diocese announced a closure of 22 churchs due to lack of priests, high heating costs, smaller congregations, etc. Most will be sold and turned into homes or stores or restaurants. I would have bought one in the city two years ago if it had had a driveway. You can't park on the street in winter (snow removal) and without a driveway, what do you do if you own a car. The catholic church in my community is one of the 22 but it's modern and not churchy if you know what I mean thus I'm not at all interested.
Very nicely captured Mary. I like the angle
Mary MacADNski: I was hoping people would like the angle and that I've felt so much foreground. The long weeds give the abandoned feel I think.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Nov 2007, 10:27
It was Elvis, yesss.

I think centring the building accentuates the loneliness factor. In the middle of nowhere so to say. Great picture.

Intriguing is the telephone wire running to the building.
Mary MacADNski: Yesss, Elvis. I love this song. It was fun to come across this old abandoned site as I don't go to that area often. I too think it says loneliness - thus the song.

In trying to explain the telephone lines, I suppose it hasn't been terribly long that the church has been abandoned and it would certainly have had electricity. Someone lives just down from there also.
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 30 Nov 2007, 10:30
Wow.. so much history in this forgotten church.Great picture
Mary MacADNski: I worked in a church that had been moved to a different site and restored. It is very true of all the histories. People came to visit who's families had had their important life events take place there. It was an honour.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2007, 12:08
What a pity, this would make a great place to live.
Lovely shot Mary.
Have a great weekendsmile
Mary MacADNski: It would be fun wouldn't it.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 30 Nov 2007, 12:33
Seems very lonesome to me. And odd that they would build and abandon a church in the middle of a field. Quite a symbolic photograph and well done, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Thanks, Kathryn. It does look very lonesome to me too. The field was probably mowed when the church was active.
I hope someone saves this rather charming building. At last a song I have got!
Mary MacADNski: And isn't it a great song? I didn't get inside the building but it looks to be in pretty fair shape. They are tearing one down not far from here as it has a mold problem and is unsafe to use it as it is and too expensive to repair.
Hi Mary - the architectural style reminds me of the "Norwegian Church" in Cardiff Bay. I see this one is abandoned - this strikes a (sad)chord with me : South Wales is famous for its many non'conformist Chapels. Apparently, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, one Chapel was being built every week in the Welsh mining valleys. Now that many are being lost to neglect and vandalism. Mike
Mary MacADNski: Just two weeks ago the catholic diocese announced they are closing over half the churches on the island. Not enough priests and high upkeep and heating costs are the main reasons. I'd say a lot of them will be sold. I can't imagine they would abandon then thusly. I hope not.
  • pops
  • 11 Dec 2007, 17:19
To be sold off and turned into a home eh!
Heck of a climb to the attic!
Mary MacADNski: I'm only guessing this will happen as it's what usually occurs.

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