Leaving the past behind

Leaving the past behind, Sony NEX 6, Lightroom 4, passage of time, yesterday

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

When I came across this abandoned building, it conjured up images of days gone by, when this site was vibrant with energy, alive with people bustling about, full of plans and promise.  Today it is a symbol of the passage of time and intentions, of memories and priorities.

But the figure in red moves on.

Sony NEX 6, f/5.0, 1/80s, 16mm focal length, edited in Lightroom 4.


About Ed Spadoni

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13 Responses to Leaving the past behind

  1. Ed,

    Great shot. The North East seems to abound in these abandoned sites. I found one in Elizabeth the other day that I must’ve passed dozens of times…but THIS time, it caught my attention.


    Not the nicest area, but worth the shot…

    Frank V.

  2. Ed, A very introspective shot and quote about living and accepting. Thanks for helping me reflect. Too often we gravitate towards what could have been or what was rather than what is. Michael

  3. Clanmother says:

    This week, one of my favourite shops will be closing, the sign of the times. Funny how we think that things will last forever. Your photo captures the essence of loss and moving forward…

  4. rob says:

    Great shot…..and love the Joe Campbell reference!

  5. Rodney says:

    I have chills this morning, and not because I am in Moscow with snow. But because I Have just left Beslan where it is very difficult to leave the past behind! This photo is haunting to me. In a much different way than what the others are saying. The beauty of a photo is it can contour up feelings from within. The people of Beslan may never be able to Truly move forward, but they do try and have made progress since 2004… Thanks to Maria’s Children

  6. these words are so so true, lovely image!

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