New construction seems to be taking place all around. In every direction, there is another shopping center, neighborhood, or business park being built. With all the commotion and progress, it can be easy to forget what was. We tend to neglect the old, abandoned buildings around us, leaving them to decay or suffer a brutal demise by the cold, hardened steel of heavy equipment.
In the world of photography, there are those who seek out these forgotten pieces of history in hopes of capturing what’s left on camera, thereby preserving them in their own way. Author Sean Toler is one such photographer.
Traveling the roads of Virginia, he has photographed numerous old, abandoned buildings in an effort to make them last a little longer. Knowing that some of the buildings he has photographed no longer stand, he is grateful that he was able to capture them before they disappeared from the landscape forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Sean Toler is an amateur photographer living in the Richmond, Virginia, area. He got into photography as soon as he had a 35mm point-and-shoot camera as a teenager. He took many a sunrise or sunset photo with it; in fact, he still photographs them to this day. His involvement with abandonment photography began, and remains, something personal for him. As a teenager, his first real job was at an old country store. That country store no longer exists and unfortunately, he never thought to photograph it. He now hopes that by capturing old buildings such as this on camera, he is helping preserve part of history as more and more of these old buildings succumb to weakness and decay or are demolished in the name of progress.