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speak of the peacefulness

Harmony House Resort - Photographs by Matthew Christopher Murray of Abandoned America
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All too often when viewing photographs of ruins, I think there is a tendency to be drawn towards spectacle: the grandiosity of a once majestic theater, for example, or in the magnitude of decay in a building where entire sections of floors have collapsed onto each other. Just as important, I believe, are the quiet moments such as this one. In the diffuse light of a slightly cloudy day, it would be easy to overlook the beauty of a walkway that has been overgrown, stretching off into the distance beneath a gold-brown canopy. Sometimes you have to pause to let places like this find you, because when you just plow your way from one sublime set-piece to the next, you miss the spots that speak of the peacefulness even in the midst of catastrophe.
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'speak of the peacefulness'
Photograph of Harmony House Resort (a pseudonym) and text by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you're interested in more Abandoned America blogs, follow this link. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences. Signed copies are available through my website, or you can find (unsigned) copies available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.


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