The Tenant House


I was out doing errands recently and spotted an old house in the distance that I had never noticed before. I drove a little closer to investigate and saw that it was abandoned and on private property behind a large historic home. I was about to write down the address when the owner drove up and stopped to get her mail. I just had to jump out, introduce myself and ask if I could photograph the building. She graciously agreed, as long as I promised to stay outside, sign a waiver and share a few photos. I went home and investigated the position of the sun with satellite maps before scheduling a late afternoon shoot. The owner said that she failed to see the artistic merit in the old ‘tenant’ house and that it’s scheduled to be torn down in a few months. Walking around the building several times I tried to find every composition possible and shot the inside, from the outside (reluctantly honoring my promise)! Soon the setting sun lit up the ugly, old house from across the big farm field. The ‘golden hour’ seemed warmer than I have ever seen as it beamed through the broken front windows giving the interior a glow. What fun!

'The Tenant House'  © Denise Bush

‘The Tenant House’ © Denise Bush

'End Of Day'  © Denise Bush

‘End Of Day’ © Denise Bush

'Tenant House Sunset'  © Denise Bush

‘Tenant House Sunset’ © Denise Bush

'Looking In'  © Denise Bush

‘Looking In’ © Denise Bush

'Tree Out Back'  © Denise Bush

‘Tree Out Back’ © Denise Bush

13 Responses to “The Tenant House”

  1. Great shots! Ii feel as if in the second shot the house is looking at me. Scary!

  2. What a great find… love the window and peeling siding shot. I wonder if you show her some of your pics that she would then let you in????

  3. I can understand your fascination—the house is heavy with history. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments, Pat, Mike and Harriet! Mike, I think safety was the issue as far as going inside so I don’t think she would change her mind. Pat, I did feel some kind of presence as it glowed at me in what seemed like surreal light! Harriet, yes … I can’t get enough of this stuff!

  5. “What fun!” indeed! What stories it could tell. Nice writeup. Really like the three windows with the sun brightening just one.

  6. 6 Beth Jackson

    Sad it is being torn down but at least you have captured the houses last hurrah. I think the house was inviting you inside. I probably would have had a hard time staying out. Wonderful images.

    • 7 denisebushphoto

      You probably wouldn’t have stayed out! Too funny and thanks for looking and leaving a comment!

  7. 8 Dick Musgnug

    Love the windows. Looks there are 2 pics in that shot.

  8. You have captured a quality that includes life and death mixed together.
    I love these images.

  9. 12 deb

    Awesome…..I can hear the deep exclamation of excitement now….did you tell her….some girls like diamonds….some like junk!! 🙂


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