Dorothea Eiben | Entropy

The impermanence of our existence is most evident in the artifacts left behind as populations shift. Global changes -- in climate, technology, economics -- manifest at the local level. Family homes are abandoned, businesses are shuttered, entire towns empty out. The process is unconscious -- no one plans to abandon a property. Temporary vacancies become permanent over time. Water infiltrates and nature begins to reclaim the site. There is a quiet beauty to this process of entropy, as can be seen in these select ten images made over the course of five years and in six US states.

Wheelbarrow, 2012

Wheelbarrow, 2012

Shoes, Junk Barn, 2012

Shoes, Junk Barn, 2012

Living Room, Yellow House, 2012

Living Room, Yellow House, 2012

Seating, Church, 2012

Seating, Church, 2012

Waiting Room, Decatur Rail Station, 2013

Waiting Room, Decatur Rail Station, 2013

Ladder, Odden House, 2011

Ladder, Odden House, 2011

Crib, Olsen House, 2009

Crib, Olsen House, 2009

Ladies Showers, Motel, 2010

Ladies Showers, Motel, 2010

Wallpaper, 2012

Wallpaper, 2012

Chair, Hotel Lobby, 2011

Chair, Hotel Lobby, 2011