An old outbuilding from a rural farm starts to give way on the Eastern plains of Colorado close to the Nebraska border. I love photographing subject matter like this, always have…there is just something about the history of the west that I love, especially when it is old and decayed. I wonder what this place would say if it could talk, what kinds of ghosts still linger here and walk among the structures? It always makes me think…..Some people photograph ‘urban decay’ as they call it, I personally prefer to shoot ‘rural decay’.

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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • littlemiss03
    littlemiss03about 3 years ago
    Great colour tones….. Nice Work!!!!
  • hey thanks a lot! :) I really appreciate that!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • rdalpes
    rdalpesabout 3 years ago

    I find it a little dark on the top, why not in square :)
    I like that building !!

  • I did debate about squaring it but then you lose the clouds :)

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Matsumoto
    Matsumotoabout 3 years ago

    Great work! I love stuff like this.
    I used to have that same debate until my editor told me to shoot w/ the intention that they were going to crop into the image. :) Drastically!!! :(

  • Thank you, I love finding stuff like this, always fun to photograph it

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 3 years ago

    Very beautiful work John. Love the clouds. Did you use ND filter to avoid washed out sky? That’s probably the cause of the dark top but it would be a shame to loose those clouds.

  • Thanks Teresa, nope I didn’t it’s post work using the Grad too inside Lightroom

    – John De Bord Photography

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 3 years ago

    cracking image john,well done mate,cheers mike

  • Thank you very much Mike!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonabout 3 years ago

    haha brilliant work! love the composition

  • Thank you Paul

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Iani
    Ianiabout 3 years ago

    Nice image

  • Thanks Lani!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensabout 3 years ago

    Your wonderful work has been featured by Your Country’s Best


  • hey thanks a lot Sheila!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Lynne Bryan Photography
    Lynne Bryan Ph...about 3 years ago

    Absolutely lovely! :)

  • :) Thank you so much!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • ArtOfMorgaine
    ArtOfMorgaineabout 3 years ago

    This is great! I love to see these old buildings :-)

  • thank you and so do I, I am always on the hunt for them :)

    – John De Bord Photography

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