David Readinger, Reading, PA Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Thank you for taking the time to visit my work. My goal is to record parts of our history, mostly industrial but also some residential, for the future.
I find abandoned places very intriguing and am always curious as to who lived, worked and played in these places we have basically forgotten and left to decay. I am also amazed at how quickly nature can reclaim a piece of sidewalk or roadway once it is left unused.
I believe there is a great deal of visual interest in these places, sometimes for historical reasons, sometimes for architectural elements and yes for sentimentality.
I do not expect many people to feel the same way but I know there are some who appreciate the past and see the mystery and appeal of “things that once were.”
As a side note, I do enjoy photographing historical structures and itmes which have been preserved and maintained. It is always pleasing to find that other people feel that a lighthouse, barn, church, old hotel, railroad engine etc. is worth saving for the future…if only to show that we once built such things in the United States, and paid just a bit more attention to detail.