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Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
Fine Art Photography
In an upstairs room of an abandoned house, remnants of 1950s wallpaper remind us of that era’s hopes for boys everywhere: find adventure, conquer the great unknown, grow into a real man. Embody the good old days.
What was once a pattern of cultural hope pasted all over a boy’s bedroom has become an image of time passing, of decay. The torn wallpaper and exposed plaster crack with age, like skin. Nature reclaims this space, just as it does our abandoned bodies.
This is an image of a past looking to the past, of hope tied to nostalgia. It is an image of collective memory, a reminder of how quickly what we build can come down.
This photograph was taken with a Yashica Mat 124G with Kodak Ektar 100 film. I am a photographer and an artist, and teach Life Drawing at the University of Wisconsin–Stout in Menomonie. I live with my husband and son, my partners in crime as we explore the back roads and abandoned places in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S.