During a trip down to Florida in 2009 for my step-father’s funeral, we stopped to fill up in a small town in South Carolina. I thought the motel across the street looked familiar, but I was not positive.

I grabbed my camera and walked across the street, and realized the motel had been abandoned for quite some time. There was a chain across the entrance and a faded “No entry” sign. There was also a playground, similarly neglected, in the yard of the motel, at which point I immediately knew we had stopped at this hotel with my grandparents around 25 years earlier.

Its something else when you see a relic from your past in photographs. Its quite another when you actually have a chance to experience it first hand…

J. Rotindo is a fine art photographer living in Quebec. He has received honorable mentions at the 2010 and 2011 International Photography Awards. He has been published in Color Magazine and Diffusion Magazine, has been exhibited at Upstream People Gallery and at Art Mundo, and was named Photographer of the week at the Focus Project 2011.

You can also like his page on facebook at “Photography by Joseph Rotindo”, or see his book “The Speed of Light”, at

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  • gail anderson
    gail andersonover 5 years ago


  • thanks so much, gail!

    – Joseph Rotindo

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Perfect caption – great job!

  • dez7
    dez7over 2 years ago


  • thank you very much!

    – Joseph Rotindo

  • Joyce Ann Burton-Sousa
    Joyce Ann Burt...over 2 years ago

    Yes. Perfect.

  • Thank you, Joyce!

    – Joseph Rotindo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Fantastic image, Joseph!! Love it!

  • Hi, Laurie! Glad to see your still posting photographs after JPG. Thanks for the comment…glad you like this.

    – Joseph Rotindo

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