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Northampton, Massachusetts
Carrie L. Hale
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Shaw's Motel
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This is one of my favorite places in town - Shaw's Motel.

It's being torn down at some undetermined point in the future. I'm going to miss it horribly. Fuck.

Heidiho, Ulrika Westen, Juleann, lorraine kerr and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
Powerful, full of feeling. The link adds an extra dimension of narrative, but before I looked at that I was thinking about all the stories, all the people that must have passed through there once. This "noir" shot adds an edgy, ghostly feeling that a day-shot couldn't capture.
Grainy, moody, unforgettable images.
2 years ago.
Carrie L. Hale has replied to Steve Bucknell
Definitely, DEFINITELY prefer to shoot this at night. My day shots have been dull and lacking.

The building - particularly with its history - to me, speaks volumes about what I loved about this town the first time I got here when I was like, 11. Generosity, respect for the odd, nonconformist, mentally ill, homeless, destitute, etc.
But towns change and it's changing. People change and I've changed.
This just feels symbolic.

I saw something weird but cool last week and I just thought, 'Ugh, why?!'
I think it's time for me to go. I don't want to be so affected that I can't enjoy the weird and cool - weird and cool is kinda my wheelhouse.
2 years ago.
Universal shitty ruling class don't give a damn for patrimonial architecture and historical buildings and sites. In total solidarity with your reaction.
2 years ago.
Carrie L. Hale has replied to Léopold
Thank you.
It's such a sad story in a way - it had fallen a bit into disrepair while its original owner still owned it, she sold it to her son and he basically let it fall into the ground. The historical society tried to save it to no avail, then there was a suspicious fire - suspected arson - and it was officially condemned.

I love this building, I really do.

Another of my favorite local buildings was knocked down recently.

2 years ago.
Léopold has replied to Carrie L. Hale
I heard you Carrie many thanks for your adding . So sad.......
2 years ago.
Paul Griffin
Paul Griffin
has anyone named Bates lived there, dark and moody for sure
2 years ago.
Carrie L. Hale has replied to Paul Griffin
Haha. I would not be surprised.
2 years ago.
... remembers in this old Hitchcock film ....
2 years ago.
Carrie L. Hale has replied to Heidiho
Oh, for sure!
2 years ago.
Take as many pics as you can . . .
2 years ago.