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'Scenes From Surrendered Homes' Faces the Financial Crisis

By: Ana Lopez - Published: Sep 12, 2011 • References: dougrsmith and fastcodesign
Photographer Douglas Smith captures the erosive effects of foreclosed houses in his photo series called 'Scenes From Surrendered Homes.'

The series is located in Central Valley, California and it was shot with natural light and with minimal digital alterations. Scenes From Surrendered Homes gives an artistic face to the destruction and misery caused by unpaid bank statements and the United State’s current financial crisis.

The result is impressive, as empty houses become elegies of lost family memorabilia and human destructive power. Each picture speaks for its self: a blue wall with two nails and heart-shaped stickers evokes the loss of childhood; and a deteriorated white wall with a shelf holding two religious candles questions faith.

With his series, Smith powerfully portrays the shocking reality behind a crisis that is present in many people’s everyday lives.