You know when you say goodbye to your friends, a few hugs, maybe a tear or two are shed, and then you turn to walk away only to have to wait a little longer because the light turned red, and you’re all still standing there. Awkward. Well, that’s kind of how our long goodbye has been with South Carolina, except the stoplight has been red for nearly 6 months.
While living in the Upstate, I photographed several abandoned places, some within only a few miles from our house. Each abandoned mill, school, house and car I came across has given me a peek into a shattered window and into someone’s past, a history that will inevitably be swallowed back by nature or bulldozed to make room for something new, but not before offering me a glimpse into a unique past and an insight into the local history.
Here are a few sites that are only a few miles from our house. I have revisited a few of them, and some have since been demolished, others continue their decay, collapsing under the weight of the kudzu.
And in case you were wondering, the light has finally turned green.