David Creedon’s images of mysteriously abandoned Irish homes. Clues left behind indicate that most of the homes (in this selection anyhow) were left behind in the 1970s.
The photos are an excerpt from Creedon’s forthcoming book, Ghosts of the Faithful Departed, which is right out of my head (with an Irish twist). I have long been fascinated with abandoned structures, namely those barns and (possible) houses I see dotted around the rural country where I grew up (and indeed, the entire South). What were they for? Were they homes? Barns? Storage? Is there anything in there? I wonder this everyday that I drive around the area.
When I was younger I did not notice them. They were just a part of the landscape, like occasional deer, bright blue skies and fields of cotton/corn/tobacco. But after living in European cities, where there is simply no room to randomly abandon structures, I see my old landscape anew. I used to find them ugly. Now they paint for me a pleasantly slow, romantic vision of the South that I’ve inherited from my (foreign) husband.
I always intend to take photos when I visit, but never do. I have never peeked inside one, too grown-up to be unaware of the possible dangers that lurk within. Of course, David Creedon was brave enough to risk a few rotting boards, and found a relative treasure trove. Perhaps I need to give my own urges to investigate architectural ghosts a more serious look.