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Semester-Long Documentary Project: Abandoned   Leave a comment

So for my Advanced Photojournalism course, we are selecting a semester-long documentary project on a topic of our choice. For my project, I chose to do a series that I’m titling “Abandoned.”

Georgia is littered with abandoned buildings–some from the plantations era, some far more recent–and I want to chronicle their decay.

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of these stagnant relics, forgotten icons of years past. Older buildings, dating back perhaps around the Civil War, have so much history and culture surrounding them and, oftentimes, they are left to rot away in the overgrown woods. Newer buildings–out-of-service factories and half-built subdivisions–are a testament to our contemporary lives, especially of the economic difficulties of the present.

So I am going to tell the stories of these buildings–once homes, businesses, workplaces, livelihoods–and, hopefully, at the same time tell the stories of the people whose lives revolved around these abandoned sites.

 

(Below: A truck drives by an abandoned barn in a field, part of a largely intact farm on the adjacent dirt road, in Watkinsville, Ga.)

 

(Below: An old stable, part of the same farm, still houses disintegrating bales of hay as cows graze nearby)

 

 

Posted August 26, 2011 by alysonwright in Uncategorized

Back to School Doesn’t Look Like It Used To…   Leave a comment

So I’ve recently discovered the amazing-ness of nutella. Now, I know what you’re thinking: chocolate sauce? on bread? Yuck. But don’t hate it till you’ve tried it. Plus, that’s homemade bread right there, which makes it a hundred times better. So on my first night back at school, when I already had about 90 pages of reading to do, I indulged in nutella on bread with my readings on women in public discourse.

Aside from getting chocolate on bread for day one, day two brought an even better surprise:

I love presents. Especially presents in the form of brand-spanking-new, fresh-out-of-the-box Canon 60D camera bodies. Am I drooling?

Posted August 19, 2011 by alysonwright in Uncategorized

Goodbye, Summer   Leave a comment

 

Classes started back up again today. Nothing like a family reunion to bid farewell to my last summer as a student.

 

Behold: the rope swing over very shallow waters.

It’s not real frisbee until someone gets hurt…

 

 

Nothing like illegal fireworks and very short fused firecrackers to liven up the night.

 

And glow-sticks of course. It isn’t summer without the obligatory glowing accessories…

 

Posted August 15, 2011 by alysonwright in Uncategorized

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