What I do

I’m always on the lookout for abandoned farmhouses, barns and schoolhouses. Something about them is so fascinating to me. I find beauty in the sadness of their abandonment, standing alone and forgotten in wheat fields.

How I do it

I spend hours on Google Earth, scanning the landscape for spots I’ve come to recognize as old farms and forgotten homes. I scour Facebook feeds, history books and websites, looking for the right places to shoot. I also tell the stories of these locations as best as I can on the blog site for Our Great Escape.

Where I live

I’m based in Eastern Washington State, a region built by pioneers and homesteaders. While some of stayed behind, many have left their little towns and homes behind to pursue life in urban areas. I honor their hard work in bringing us to where we are today.

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Who We Are

We are Angela and Bella.

I am in a long-term relationship with my Nikon D200, recently adding a second one to the family.

Bella is a three-year-old Maremma sheepdog. She handles the co-pilot and navigation duties while we’re on the road looking for adventure.

I first discovered ghost-towning in 2007 when a friend took me on a road trip to Rowley, Alberta, better known for its appearance in the Canadian film production, Bye Bye Blues. I’ve been hooked ever since.

We brake for abandoned farms and schoolhouses, rusty trucks and cars. We always respect the properties we find, never trespassing where signs are posted.

(At least not any more. We learned our lessons the hard way.)

OurGr8Escape.com is a place to post our favorite pictures and a place for you to buy prints if you see something you like. Please contact us if you’d like to see one of our pieces hanging in your home.