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Lynda Mudle Small ARPS

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Statement of Intent

Around our home in rural Portugal are abandoned small holdings which for centuries housed self-sufficient families, living a very simple lifestyle with no electricity or running water.  Beneath bright blue skies these low dark buildings are redolent of small communities that have disappeared.  As I wander through them I invariably think of the families that called these buildings home.  They have left few clues behind, just a few broken and unwanted items.  However the rooms, the fireplaces, the crooked doorways and even the walls that once protected these people have a story to tell.  I love the traces of paint, the textures and even the cracks, that all add to an overwhelming sense of sadness at the total abandonment of these buildings.  Where there was once a vibrant family there are now cobwebs, rubble and decay

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