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Gary Dilapidated: 434B

I was born in Gary, IN, but I haven’t lived there since I was five years old. I visited family pretty regularly. These photos were taken during one of my last visits in autumn 2011. My youthful memories of this house and yard are full of life and fun. My grandmother had a garden that took up most of the backyard and rose bushes and flowers surrounded the house. Most memorable: the whole block had been inhabited when I young. During this visit, the neighborhood was like a ghost town.

I believe this was the first time I traveled with my then-new DSLR camera, so I went about documenting what I saw as decay even as I remembered and envisioned life.