Abandoned Buildings Waiting to Be Explored

Written by Andrea Kelley


A while back, I saw an interesting schoolhouse on Flickr, a photo sharing website. I decided it would be fun to hop in my car,  take a drive and see if I could actually find it. I knew I was in the right area because of the description under the photo. I stopped by a farm and asked a gentleman if he knew where I could find the school. He was kind enough to give me directions. I found the weathered schoolhouse and I thought it looked really intriguing  because the corn was beginning to grow up around it.  The scene was a picture of decay as well as new growth. I spent some time photographing this charming  country school near Milford.


This is the inside of an abandoned house near Amherst. I wanted to take a variety of exposures and merge the images together. So, I brought my trusty tripod and was ready to capture the  muted colors of the scene. The photography shoot got even more interesting as the boards under my foot gave away and my foot went right through the floor. Happily, I was unharmed and walked away with some great photographs.


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About the author

Andrea Kelley

Andrea is a fine art photographer who specialized in taking pictures of classic cars and rural Nebraska landscapes. To see more of her photography visit Pictures Of Nebraska. She also is the founder of a video website called Slideshows For Homes. Andrea helps people create real estate videos to assist them with selling their homes.

1 Comment

  • I love this. Reminds me of similar experiences I’ve had of photographing abandoned buildings out in the Sandhills. I so long to know who lived in those structures, what happened there … and it makes me meditate on “time” as an aspect of God’s creation, how we experience history linearly and how the Creator of time exists outside of it, constant and unaffected by it, unlike us and the rest of His physical creation.

    For someone like me who loves Nebraska but rarely gets the opportunity to travel there, I’ve tried returning again to photograph ruins I’ve been to in the past, only to find them no longer existent or no longer in the condition they were before. We are all so evanescent, as is our environment.

    The poetry of the Nebraska experience is how everything—the sky, grasses, water, wind, birdsong, fragrance of the soil, the genuineness of the people—are clarified so that, if one remains still enough in one’s soul, one can experience all those elements in the beauty of their essence. And yet because Nebraska is a linear, time-based poem in motion, what you are experiencing at that moment will not be repeatable or re-visitable or re-recordable the next time you’re on that spot.

    For the gifted Nebraska photographer—like you, Andrea, and like Michael Forsberg (http://michaelforsberg.com/)—you are recording for the rest of us moments and feelings that are gifts from God through the remarkable world that is Nebraska, moments and feelings that—because of the evanescent nature of Nebraska—only exist at the moment you and Michael and your other fellow Nebraska photographic artists are experiencing them, but which we as your viewers are able to also share by proxy because of your dedication to stewarding your gifts and to being awake to what God is doing through His creation surrounding you.