Sitting Alone

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© Joshua Ball
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My brother Jeff from called me a few months ago to discuss an idea for a photography project that he had recently been contemplating. His work has been an inspiration to me for years and he has been an integral part of my personal development as a photographer. When he explained the project and invited me to be a part of it, I was simultaneously thrilled and honored. Without going into too much detail, the project is largely based on capturing images similar to the one in this post. We started shooting over the weekend and I was astounded at some of the visuals that we encountered.

This photo is from an abandoned apartment complex on the outskirts of downtown Toledo, OH. Toledo was a booming working class town that thrived on the success of the American auto industry. Over the past few decades, Toledo has slipped into a shadow of its former self. While exploring the building, we came across room after room of decay and destruction. As we were leaving the building I peeked into one final apartment and my eyes were immediately drawn to this chair at the center of the room. There was evidence that this apartment had recently been occupied by someone who was most likely trying to escape the bitter Ohio winter. I instantly imagined some lonely soul sitting in this weathered chair, wondering where it all went wrong. While the sun was silently creeping through the windows, it couldn’t quite bring itself to touch this lonely chair.

This photo evokes feelings of loneliness and despair, something we all experience throughout life. However, this image reminds me of how lucky I’ve been, to have always had a home, and friends and family to share it with. It makes me truly grateful for everything that life has bestowed upon me. No matter how dark the horizon seems, things could always be worse. Life is what we make it but its our loved ones that give us the strength to keep moving forward. This weathered chair and its lonely occupant have not been as fortunate. While I will never know the story behind this scene, its sheer existence makes me appreciate everyone and everything that I have in life.

12 responses

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (23 Mar 2010):


  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (23 Mar 2010):

    Great photo with a strong feeling of desolatin.

  • The Rossi Collection

    The Rossi Collection gave props (28 Mar 2010):

    Pretty neat man!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2010):

    Another great picture, nice!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (18 Apr 2010):

    Love it..

  • Gillian daSilva

    Gillian daSilva gave props (10 May 2010):

    Life is lonely. It is a struggle for most people, despite individual circumstances. You've captured this in your photo. Everyone, regardless of circumstances can relate to this photo. Well done.

  • Adrienne Talbot

    Adrienne Talbot gave props (30 May 2010):

    Again this is a perfect "wabi sabi":)

  • Santiago Padilla

    Santiago Padilla gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Very nice.

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (18 Aug 2010):

    Stunning shot and capture!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (29 Aug 2010):


  • Witty

    Witty gave props (29 Oct 2010):

    wow...I love this! It's so dramatic, from the ceiling crumbling to the walls...and the floors...very powerful~!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (8 Sep 2011):

    Thank you for the tour of this building....great shot. There is artistry in every old, abandoned building just waiting to be found.

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