The eastern shore of Maryland, an area of flat lands, is filled with vast amounts of farmland and chicken houses.
Among all these you will find many abandoned properties, many with historical significance to the beginnings of the eastern shore. If you were to spend much time here, these abandoned structures become easily overlooked, as it is a common sight and eventually blurs into the background. In many cases, it is hard to tell if a building is abandoned or still occupied.
Properties which families once lived and worked are now torn down and gone forever. Once busy villages now sit quiet and undisturbed except by nature. Maryland based photographer, Carol Bardzell, captures these places in the hope she can bring to light the beauty in what is usually ignored or overlooked.
With over 100 photographs, local history, and personal narrative, Abandoned Maryland: Eastern Shore gives readers a visual journey into the explorations of these abandoned properties.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Carol Bardzell, originally from Connecticut, received her BFA in photography from Montserrat College of Art in 2011. After her first couple of visits to Maryland, she found interest in the vast number of abandoned properties and farmland. Having always been fascinated by abandoned structures, what’s left behind, and how nature takes back these places, she decided the eastern shore of Maryland would be the perfect location for her senior seminar project. Today, Carol currently resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two cats.