In its ongoing series entitled Thin places, Photographer from Portland Brendon Burton documents devastated houses that stand alone in barren fields, in the middle of an advancing swamp landscape or on the edge of the mountain. The derelict structures have been Burton’s favorite subject since 2011, when he began searching across the continent for abandoned buildings that exude a sense of evanescence and the eerie. “This series is meant to satisfy my curiosity about the past and explore isolated parts of North America. It mixes archeology with fantasy, ”he says.
Derived from the Celtic culture, Thin places refers to places “where heaven and earth are thinning,” says Burton. “Traditionally, the term was meant as a place where one would feel closer to God or something beyond. In a more modern sense, it is a form of liminality, areas that feel ephemeral. ”Each object is shot with a drone and offers a detached view of the rooms that were once occupied and a brief encounter with their former use. “What makes people go and what keeps things going? How much of a life is left with that? ”He asks.
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