Why you should care
Sometimes there are wondrous things in lonely, empty spaces.
In a manner of speaking, an abandoned building reawakened the photographer in Rachel Tine.
She’d stopped taking pictures almost a decade earlier, when her negatives and equipment were destroyed in a house fire, and as the years passed, she’d found it harder and harder to imagine picking up a camera again. But in 2012, when she encountered a little schoolhouse in Reidsville, North Carolina, Tine was struck by the beauty of its peeling paint, the loneliness of its empty chairs. She decided to shoot it — and has been hooked on abandoned buildings ever since.