Abandoned structures have always held a certain attraction for me. They feel like a discarded book, or a painting without a title.  So many things may have happened in these places, so much activity has taken place in them, and now they're completely deserted. The care and attention once devoted to them has disappeared, and these homes, workshops, and barns have become what they were at their inception. A building has a lifecycle not unlike that of a human. In youth they have so much potential, so much energy; once captured by old age and abandoned by those who kept them alive, all that is left are hints as to what might have been. I feel that it is my job as a photographer to capture those hints in such a way that the viewer can have a glimpse at the past.

© Matthew Dewald, 2010