Some old buildings in rural areas have a rustic charm. Such is the case with this old farm house in Hawthorne, Florida. The front porch and railing recalls days long past. The aged wood has weathered blazing sun and pelting rain.
I first noticed this building about 15 years ago and wanted to shoot it but traffic nor time would permit. In April I saw the field of yellow and knew this was the time. I drove my truck up on the curb, stopped, rolled the rear passenger window down, leaned my seat back, and shot it through the window.
For years this building housed the John Geist & Sons Forges. But as long I could remember a lawn mower repair service was there. Whenever I drove by, I would see old and relatively lawn mowers of every make and type lining along the sidewalk.
One evening I passed by and the lawnmowers were gone. The sidewalk was bare. The doors were locked and the windows were shut. The business was closed. Not just for the night, but for good. The realtor’s sign announced that the building was up for sale.
I just had to take a picture. Why? The golden hues of the setting sun across the red bricks signaled the end of a day, and the close of a business. Two generations made a living here, what will the next owner do here?
When I saw this fenced building with the staircase and apartments missing, I immediately saw a visual of what life looks like for so many people. From their perspective, they can never climb up to their dream of a better life, because the way to the top has been destroyed and barricaded.
Near the Hilton on Av. Diagonal
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain