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Spring Hope five. North Carolina. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger.Left click for full view

Spring Hope #5.  North Carolina. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger.   Click for full view  ©  Leica M9.

 

RHONDA VINCENT;  “The Lonesome Wind Blues”

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Hope Spring, North Carolina.

Spring Hope, North Carolina.  By Paul Goldfinger from the Spring Hope Series. March, 2013  ©

This photograph is from a series of images taken in Spring Hope, North Carolina. We got off route 95 and discovered what appeared to be an abandoned rural community.   We met a man who ran a gas station where the one  pump wasn’t working very well.

The whole place was decrepit, but the buildings, although deteriorating due to time and the weather, seemed to have a strong sense of  home for people long gone.  Many of the structures had bright colors, as if to say, “We’re not dead yet.”  There was a sort of sad elegance and loneliness.  I think the name refers to the hopes which the settling farmers had for water.

We pulled over to the the side of the road, got out and took some photos.  It didn’t seem like we should stay long, so we got back on 95 and continued our journey north.

Later we looked up the town and found that it had a population of about 1,200 13 years ago. The census showed that the racial breakdown was about half white and half African-American.   The other photos from Spring Hope were on BF in June 2013.  You can do a BF search at the top of the home page by typing “Spring Hope” into the box.

NORAH JONES, WILLIE NELSON AND WYNTON MARSALIS.     From the album “Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles.”

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Spring Hope One. North Carolina. March 2013. By Paul Goldfinger

Spring Hope One. North Carolina. March 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. ©     Click left for full view

 

JOHN DENVER. From his Greatest Hits album:

 

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