Abandoned farmhouse at Red Dykes, Withens Moor

I’d wanted to shoot some moody panoramas at this old farmhouse for a while: it lies, skeletal and desolate, under giant skies on the uplands between Stoodley Pike and Cragg Vale. When I arrived it was apparent only sheep had visited since the snows came a few days beforehand: small shuffled hoof prints around the perimeter, but nothing inside the house. They may not be convinced of the psychological shelter afforded by these high walls, but it would be my first port of call if I found myself stuck on the moors as a storm rolls in.

I loved the bleached wood and weathered stonework, brightened by the weak winter sun and snow on the ground. I don’t know when this place was abandoned: perhaps when the reservoir was built and filled. Who knows what lives, births, deaths and celebrations once took place inside these walls? A oddly touching reminder of these anonymous experiences of the building could be seen in the smaller room view: a small bunch of synthetic red roses poked out from the snow. Coincidentally when I searched online about this place I found this image: the photographer found the same thing when shooting the scene. It made me think that whoever else has visited the farm in the time elapsed between our shoots must have left the flowers undisturbed: a gently reverential acknowledgment of the unknown and emotive story behind their placement.

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