I’ve always been drawn to photographing old doors, fences, gates, windows and all that sort of thing, so when I see a whole house in a state of utter dereliction and dilapidation I am over the moon. Or if not literally “over the moon” then definitely over the road, in the middle of the road dodging traffic, sprawled on the pavement or getting into various other risky and ungainly positions to try to capture it from all angles.
This property in the main square of the old town of Sliema (Malta) was in total contrast to the modern concrete, glass and steel structures of the hotels and restaurants on the seafront of the resort. It is also the only property in the square which hasn’t been converted into, or rebuilt as, shops.
When I look at these pictures, a hundred and one questions come into my mind:
How old is this house? What is it like inside? Why has it been abandoned? Who last lived here? Who first lived here? What is it not for sale? Will anyone rescue it? Does anyone care? Does it have an internal courtyard and, if so, what is that like? Will someone come and board up the broken window upstairs? And so on……. up to……How can I get inside for a look?