• Christopher Woods

"On Being Drawn to Old Houses" — Selected Photography by Christopher Woods

I am drawn to houses where the people have gone away, for all kinds of reasons. All the houses fill, and eventually empty. A photograph is merely a captured second or two in the life of an abandoned house that was once a home for someone. I want to believe that some random memories, tattered or bled dry, remain. There may be a stillness about an empty house, but I think I can still hear memory singing, “I am still here.”



Abandoned Porch

Digital Photography





Evening, Old Chappell Hill Road

Digital Photography





Sunset, House, Washington County

Digital Photography





Abandoned, Washington County

Digital Photography





Shack with Tree

Digital Photography



Christopher Woods is a writer and photographer who lives in Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His photographs can be seen in his galleries here and here.


His photography prompt book for writers, From Vision to Text, is forthcoming from Propertius Press. His novella, Hearts in the Dark, was recently published by Running Wild Press. His poetry chapbook, What Comes, What Goes, was published by Kelsay Books. He has received residencies from The Ucross Foundation and the Edward Albee Foundation.