Don't Take My Land

Updated on Aug 26, 2010
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Although Little Rock, Arkansas is hardly a big city with only 183,000 people, sometimes it’s tough to find a good spot to set up the camera and tripod without feeling like a complete goob. There’s always tons of people leaving the office and heading home to the suburbs when it comes time to take my photographs in the afternoon, and I always get uncomfortable trying to find a spot that’s shielded from the road.

I remember the day I found six abandoned houses on the outskirts of town, all bought up by the airport and eventually marked as condemned. I was so inspired by the serenity and the eeriness of the area that I rounded up my video camera and shot a video on my next visit. It was my secret place complete with all the things I couldn’t find in the city: lots of grass and flowers, a handful of abandoned houses, and the privacy I was always searching for. I went back time and time again and really began to make this place my own.

It wasn’t until the summer months brought the unbearable heat that I took a small break from my secret place (that’s something Amanda can relate to, hello Texas). When I went back at the end of July, I noticed a few bulldozers at work, but my favorite places were still in tact. It was nice to visit again! Although I was sweating more than ever and secretly wishing for cooler temperatures, I got lots of good shots that day and remembered why I feel in love with that place to begin with.

When I went back a week later, I couldn’t help but notice a big change. The house I had reveled at just a week earlier was gone along with two other houses on the block, and for the first time ever, the fate of my secret place began to seem real. The government was finally taking away the one spot that I called my own.

And if it felt real then, it was a big slap in the face when I went back yesterday and found a bulldozer resting by one of the few houses left on the block. I figured I would have to make this my final farewell shoot since the houses might not be there the next time I return. I titled it “Don’t Take My Land” in a dramatic and useless attempt to hang on to what’s left, and I’ll admit, there was a scene from The Virgin Suicides replaying in the back of my head the whole time (you know, the one where they’re chained to the tree).

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COMMENTS (72)

ETorres_MLS
ETorres_MLS on October 26
all your pictures are amazing! who is your photographer? i love your style btw it is very indie i absolutly! love it(:
Fashion27
Fashion27 on June 03
so pretty!
alba_carrillo
alba_carrillo on May 30
great dress
angeemanhands
angeemanhands on May 29
the dress is lovely.
Floss_xx
Floss_xx on May 28
Gorgeous dress
meeshhh
meeshhh on May 22
nice dress!!!
Pikimiki
Pikimiki on May 16
beautiful :)
feekaane
feekaane on May 15
Gorgeous :)
cerize
cerize on May 12
natural and shiny style! +1
DropAnvils
DropAnvils on May 01
I really like the picture of you laying down.... you must have read/watched Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
etiz
etiz on April 11
awesome :"). chic voted !
IHeartStilettos
IHeartStilettos on March 28
Chic!
chinacatsunflower
chinacatsunflower on March 13
in love with your dress
waiala
waiala on January 31
beautiful.
EvaLavender
EvaLavender on December 13
love!
jemypaman
jemypaman on December 09
wow! +1
xobrittuhox
xobrittuhox on December 08
I love this dress! The photos are just as beautiful.
ash_Attacks
ash_Attacks on December 06
these photos are fantastic
FarizaOthman
FarizaOthman on November 12
Wow..love this dress..
daisymay
daisymay on October 11
Wow what a stunning dress!
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on October 01
wow...very beautiful!
tincoco
tincoco on September 30
so cute
Designerless
Designerless on September 25
ah! gorgeous photos!
RosaNegra
RosaNegra on September 06
i love this. the dress and the boots are exquisite
garmentconverted
garmentconverted on September 06
i love this dress
wardrobefullofdreams
wardrobefullofdreams on September 05
great style and amazing photos! voted :)
Vickie
Vickie on September 05
Gorgeous photos! Love your blog, I'm a longtime reader... voted chic! xx
kchan
kchan on September 05
these photos are awesome!!!!!! i really love the mood!!
IraJennena
IraJennena on September 04
beautiful!
br1gid
br1gid on September 01
absolutely adore the boots!
maiu_bcn
maiu_bcn on August 31
i love it!and your post too!!!
JoanJap
JoanJap on August 30
so vintage! adorable and unique! Love the photographs. They're amazing!(:
PhanTubporn
PhanTubporn on August 30
wowww awesome!!
JusticePirate
JusticePirate on August 28
Hope you win the contest! I just won the payless shoe lover contest. so I am routing for you in this one. Thing I noticed though is that all the winners of the payless contest were wearing payless shoes. . . so I hope that you win regardless!!!! This shot is gorgeous and I have already said that I love the one with the tractor!!!
rougeallure
rougeallure on August 27
WOW!
KaylaMeow
KaylaMeow on August 27
i am so lovin this
Florrosada12
Florrosada12 on August 27
The dress is so elegant!
vevevea
vevevea on August 27
cute dress!!
GlossyCheshireCat
GlossyCheshireCat on August 27
beautiful =]
headbandit
headbandit on August 27
cute dress and boots!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on August 27
simply divine!
lillmy
lillmy on August 27
Nice dress
Honey_little_sunny
Honey_little_sunny on August 27
Wow!!!!!!!!! these photos are the cutest i ever seen on chictopia dear!!!!! congrats!!!! faved and fan!!!!!!!!!
londondude
londondude on August 27
This is amazingly gorgeous, I love the dress! Nice post as well, nice read : )
jazzyhwang
jazzyhwang on August 26
that dress is so wonderfully flowy!
springfiry
springfiry on August 26
Very beautiful pictures!
kiki_sandoval
kiki_sandoval on August 26
cute dress
deekaywang
deekaywang on August 26
i love how u made it flowy haha so prettyy
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on August 26
stunning dress and photos!!!
keogan42
keogan42 on August 26
great photos!
mary1901
mary1901 on August 26
wow this is nice
pepcrazy62
pepcrazy62 on August 26
me gusta country girl
londontownsago
londontownsago on August 26
these photos are all so lovely
GlossyCheshireCat
GlossyCheshireCat on August 26
omg this dress is awesome! so beautiful <3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on August 26
such a dreamy dress!
VIRAL_THREADS
VIRAL_THREADS on August 26
Lovely!
Yara
Yara on August 26
australia inspired?
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on August 26
Great dress - and how amazing are those pics!
pfeiferem
pfeiferem on August 26
amazing pictures. the dress is awesome
milalilu
milalilu on August 26
awesome setting!
mariagonzales
mariagonzales on August 26
nice pictures!
irisanddaniel
irisanddaniel on August 26
love it! :D great photos too. the dress is really pretty
nennen35
nennen35 on August 26
love the dress!!
Scarlet_Sky
Scarlet_Sky on August 26
Such good photos!!! sorry about your secret spot
WallflowerVintage
WallflowerVintage on August 26
These photos are amazing - sorry about 'your land'.
SonjaG
SonjaG on August 26
beautiful photographs, and it definitely reminds me of the Virgin Suicides! so dreamy and ethereal!
nakedcowgirl
nakedcowgirl on August 26
great photos! I love the last one of your shadow! great outfit too!
mirandaelyse
mirandaelyse on August 26
love this! very dreamy
skinnybuddha
skinnybuddha on August 26
beautiful dress and i love the pictures. great inspiration!
Odette11
Odette11 on August 26
awesome dress ! (:
tanyabell
tanyabell on August 26
this post is amazing and very inspirational! i really hope you find a new favorite spot :))))
Ramona_C
Ramona_C on August 26
Great photos! fab look!
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