A ruin

Abandoned houses are strangely fascinating. They are places which people once called home. You can stand in front of it an imagine it full of light and life. And now the people are gone, and it is just home to entropy. What happened to those people? Why was this house not occupied? It was at a good location, right at the edge of the lake. How could anyone just walk out and leave? Or did they not leave?

The Family had strained her back and walking was an effort. We’d sat on a deck with a coffee and watched the lake through the afternoon’s rain. As the sun began to set I walked past the road up to the abandoned house to take a few photos. The grass in front of it clutched on to a very thin layer of soil over hard volcanic rock. Little hollows in the rock held rain water. It was slippery. One slip, and I would certainly damage the soil, and perhaps myself if I fell on the sharp edges of the rock. Sunset, the rain clouds, and the structure built a wonderful ambience. I tried hard to catch the sense of loss, the beauty of the landscape and the sky, the dilapidated building with a mat of grass on its roof.

I walked around the building. A slight breeze had set in and it was blowing waves over the water. The lake is large, and even this little breeze could excite fairly large waves. This is a hard place, with extremes of weather. It is not close to a town; on the other hand, it is close a major highway. In a few more monsoons the roof will cave in. Then the walls will become stumps, providing a windbreak for larger plants. Soon, the last signs of people who could have lived there will be gone.


By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Nice post I. J.! I guess we all have abandoned structures that catch our photo eye. I’m especially drawn to them. I guess it’s because I like the structural decay, but I’ve paid little attention to what lives lived in the house. Thanks for the lesson to see beyond and think about humanity.

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  2. A terrific subject for the exercise I.J., nice to have those moody clouds around to enhance the image. In the third image it looks like the water is about the overtake the house which I suspect may have influenced the former residents. Excellent subject for the challenge I.J.

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  3. You’re right, there’s something fascinating about a ruin, whether a small domestic one like this or something grander. The sense that if only the stones could talk they would tell you so much about what has happened here. And photographically a building like this one is so much more interesting than it would have been if complete and occupied.

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  4. Great perspectives. My fave is the house on the left, clouds drifting to the right. I wonder similar about abandoned wooden houses I see in our rural areas. The lives, stories, etc.

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  5. Interesting topic here I.J Khanewala. I don’t know why would people abandon such a house near the lake maybe they calculated the risks that floods might sweep the house off or they just don’t love that it is near a lake crocodiles might eat them maybe, I too would have to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of staying thereπŸ‘πŸ‘

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  6. We are many, we who are fascinated by ruins and dilapidated houses. My son is a photographer of such places, and I love his images. But he walks into places I would never dare walking into. I prefer looking at his images…..
    Your choices this time are sad but so beautiful, and the light is extraordinary. Monsoon?

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  7. We have often seen abandoned houses or the ruins of one. I can’t say we have devoted much time to thinking about the stories they hold, but we have frequently thought about the joy they must have brought to the person or persons who lived in them when they were first built or when they became someone’s first home.

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