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23 December 2013

Building in the Background





Some photo-taking people around here take long rambling drives into the country to find falling down buildings to take photos next to because they think it's cool. Shacks are trendy and make great photo backdrops. They're practically this generation's version of the fake plastic Christmas fireplace backdrop in all Kmart photo studios of the early 90s.

I don't consider myself a shack-hunter. This falling down building is in my yard--actually I have several falling-down buildings in my yard to choose from. But one of them is painted with reflective silver paint, so I fear it might outshine me if I were to pose with it.

These are my decrepit buildings. I think I would feel very nervous posing with other people's shacks.

But this one in particular, well, this one is the chicken coop where, nearly two decades ago, we kept Brownie and Whitey (creative names for our chickens) until a fox broke in and ate them (farm life is brutal). My little sister locked me into this chicken coop when I was 5...and the reason the only window is still broken is because I broke it with a 2x4 in an effort to escape (I was very concerned that I might be locked in the building all day and have to miss dinner). My Dad put a new roof on the building when I was growing up, and I helped paint the building once or twice, though the paint job is looking a little worse for the wear at the moment. This chicken coop probably doesn't have a long time left in this world--but it had a few adventures in its day.

I have a story. The clothes I wear have a story. Even the falling-down shack in the background has a story. And that's why I've wanted to be a writer as long as I've known about the magic of the written word.

16 comments :

  1. I love this! And that polka dot sweat is adorable. :)

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  2. and those stories should be told! :)

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  3. So first, this outfit is really fun. The patterns work really well together (and match your hair!) And second, what a cool shack =)

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  4. gorgeous photographs (you're right, the building background definitely adds to it) and such a cute dress. do you do any writing aside from the blog?

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  5. Cute polka dot sweater!

    Happy Holidays!

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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  6. That polka dot top is perfect!!! I may or may not have a strange obsession with polka dots. ;-)

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  7. I love your stories Rachel and your outfit is great, the polka dot sweater is so cute and matches your hair perfectly.
    Happy holidays to you and yours sweetie
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  8. I would love to hear the individual stories behind your clothes. that would be a really cool blog idea! Hey, I totally know what you mean about stories and words and stuff. :P Also, I would wear this outfit! Its cute and zany. I love posing with old things, but I wouldn't trespass for the perfect picture :P

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  9. "the reason the only window is still broken is because I broke it with a 2x4 in an effort to escape" Bahahahahahahahah! You're a survivor, you are!!!!

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  10. "I think I would feel very nervous posing with other people's shacks."
    I think something to this effect whenever I see fashion blog posts where the blogger is posing in different neighborhoods or by a random rural fence...I'm wondering whose house that is and if they're ever going to be run out! ;) The back of my apartment is covered in red painted boards and definitely makes a nicer backdrop than the inside of the house.

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  11. Love the outfit! And the coop. I admit, I've been scoping out a few run down shacks nearby to take photos in front of. I just feel a bit uneasy about sauntering onto someone else's property to take photos in front of their home. Imagine, they're trying to eat dinner, and there I am on their front lawn tapping into my inner Tyra Banks. It just seems like it could go horribly wrong.

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  12. I think it's so cool that you have buildings with such special history to use as your backdrop.

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  13. Visiting from Style Elixir Friday's Fab Link-up! You're so lucky to have such beautiful old buildings in your back yard!

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  14. You're so cute I can't stand it! I love your stories and I love how you fearlessly mix prints...that is an excellent outfit. Other people's shacks should make you nervous...you never know what they've got going on in there...ha!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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