On a recent backroads drive up north with my mom, she was inquiring about why it is that the rundown parts of town, abandon buildings, old bridges and trains and such intrigue me. See, when we're driving around, she's all let's find-a-nice-patch-to-pick-some-berries and I'm all how-about-we-go-see-whats-in-that-creepy-trailer-back-in-the-woods. Well anyway, she really stumped me with that question and I think I may have disappointed her when I told her I didn't have an answer. I guess I never really thought about it before. I mean I can remember my dad taking us to western ghost towns when we were kids but I don't know that necessarily has anything to do with it. Maybe it's the curiosity about what is happening/happened here. Or that little taste of fear I get when I'm exploring, like, what/who-is-around-this-corner type shit. In the last several years it was the art that brought me to these places; graffiti, rust, wear and tear, etc. My mom thought maybe it stems from something more existential, like the clash between industry and nature or "consequences of existence." I don't know; whatever. Anyway, here are some pics from recent travels up north. None of these are "off the beaten path" by any means but are sort of in the vein of what I'm talking about. Click to enlarge...
Bahr's Motel, Deer River, MN
Hwy 65, between McGregor and Mora, MN