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Two Harbors Documentary Photography - Abandonment

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Dec 22 2014
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I had an idea a few weeks back to do a personal project documenting my favorite places of my childhood. I grew up in Two Harbors, MN, a small mining town on the shores of Lake Superior. As the time approached to head north, I spent more time trying to articulate exactly what I was aiming to capture. But the more I thought about it my fondest memories of childhood exist in summer; it took effort to recall Winter. Surely it must be there? But I couldn't remember it. The memories were few and far between. Somehow my memory seems to linger in summer; to abandon winter. How could I barely remember 18 years of a season? Slowly, the idea morphed into capturing abandonment. Winter can seem to last forever some years, and a lot of places that existed in my childhood are abandoned, or something else entirely. The weather seemed to understand my need to elevate a certain mood and cooperated perfectly with a flat, grey sky and lots of snow.
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While most of these buildings are abandoned, not all are, some are here to show history, age, changing of times and the like. This was a great challenge for myself to narrow down the story I wanted to tell and craft that story through a collection of images. Even ones I liked but took away from the feeling of the collection were eliminated. Check back next summer for an alternate view of my hometown.
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