Structure and Solitude
Like a moth to flames, I find that I’m drawn to photographing abandoned structures. I’m not totally sure why, but I think the attraction comes from my speculations on what might have happened at these spots, on the stories that may have unfolded there. Additionally, I find solitude in the structures’ abandonment, and in today’s hustle and bustle, I find that solitude is a valuable commodity.
This collection of photographs represents my recent travels across the United States where I have looked for abandoned structures. Included in my hunting spots are: The Erie Canal, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Delaware Water Gap, and Shenandoah National Park.
It is my pleasure to share “Structure and Solitude” with you.
Darrell Roak is a photographer whose nature is to bring an ethereal appearance to his photographs. Darrell began his photographic journey when he took his first workshop at Maine Media in 2010. He has since expanded his experience through workshops across The United States. Among his contemporary advisors are Tillman Crane and Russell Young.
The subjects of Darrell’s photos (tend to) lean toward abandoned structures and out-of-the-way spots, which remind one of days gone by. He uses an assortment of cameras to capture his photographs including digital and pinhole.
Darrell’s photographs have been exhibited at Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama, Photo Place Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont and The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. Darrell’s images are also included in personal collections throughout The United States.