never at peace
Well over a decade ago, I went to an old house in Austin with my neighbor to try and take a rusty gate for a bed headboard project she was working on.
I had never been to the house but decided to take my camera, shooting on b&w film, in case it turned out to be interesting.
The house had belonged to the murdered founder of the American Atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair. It had been partially burned down the night of her disappearance and eventual murder. Vagrants, frat guys (we found a manual for a fraternity from UT), party-goers and skaters had all come through at some point, leaving their marks or materials in the wake of an event.
This series shows what was left after her unfortunate demise, and what we found on the property that day. Eventually, the police did show up and told us to leave. It was only after we returned home that we learned about the history of the property.
I recently rediscovered the pictures in my garage, long forgotten in a box.