My Own Private Playground (2015)

 

The Round School — Greeley, Colorado

Leaving the school, I took this final shot of the playground…my playground for an hour or so trying to figure out how and why this place was just left open for me to wander around in…

Modified Nikon D100 (Near Infrared capture)

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Greeley, Colorado

Robert Marsala

Pristine Junk (2017)

 

Along a Country Road— Rhode Island

Time to move on from my Random Abandoned posts and settle in at a location…The owners of this property have asked that the location remains a secret as all their property is untouched by vandals…so let’s go for a walk in their woods

Modified Nikon D100 (Near Infrared capture)

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Rhode Island

Random Abandoned | Part 17 (2017)

The Eastern Plains — Dearfield, Colorado

Image: The Lone House

“According to (Oliver Toussaint) Jackson, during the first winter in Dearfield only two of the seven families “had wooden houses and the suffering was intense.”  He said “buffalo chips and sagebrush was our chief fuel. Three of our horses died from starvation and the other three were too weak to pull the empty wagon.” By 1915 Dearfield had gone from seven families living in tents, dugouts and caves in the hillside to twenty-seven families living in wooden cabins.  The next five years would see the settlement grow to a population of seventy with their own school, restaurant, grocery store, boarding house, and two churches…” (blackpast.org)

Modified Nikon D100 (Near Infrared capture)

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Dearfield, Colorado

Random Abandoned | Part 16 (2017)

 

The Eastern Plains — Dearfield, Colorado

Image: The General Store

“On May 5, 1910 after four years of searching for a location that would accommodate two hundred families, Oliver Toussaint Jackson established Dearfield, a black agricultural colony on the arid high plains of Colorado.  Jackson managed to gain the support of the Colorado chapter of the National Negro Business League, but the group withdrew their support after Booker T. Washington, the national president, refused to endorse the project.  Unable to acquire another backer for the project Jackson and a few brave families began the settlement on their own…” (blackpast.org)

Modified Nikon D100 (Near Infrared capture)

More of my work can be seen here

Dearfield, Colorado