Missing Homework

This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph an old school in my town that will soon be torn down so a new mixed-use property can be built.  The school has only been abandoned since 2005, and in that regard is quite different from the mill spaces I typically shoot which have remained in their original state for 100 years or more.

This does not mean that there wan’t anything interesting to shoot, however.  While some areas of the school are still in reasonably good condition, other parts definitely showed their age.  This letter caught my eye as I was leaving the building, and I stopped for a minute to read it.  It was written in April of 1979, and was a note about some homework that wasn’t completed on time.  I found myself wondering where this note had been hiding for thirty plus years, and how it ended up on one of the stairways along with its envelope.   I wondered if it ever reached its intended teacher.  I actually came close to taking it with me to see if I could track down the student or teacher, but then decided it was best to leave it as is along with the other relics of the school.  I’ll have more images to share from the school later in the week.


  1. Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Nice catch and use of the light, Steven.

  2. Posted May 28, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Ah, the little mysteries and stories that photography brings to life! Very cool find Steve!

  3. Posted May 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I love how this image really tells a story. Beautiful light as well.

  4. Posted May 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    The light is so terrific here, you can almost eat it! Wonderful shot, Steven, very well composed and processed for maximum effect. Fabulous natural tension here, really well done!!

  5. Posted May 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    A perfectly positioned old notebook from a bygone age. This is a great image, Steven.

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  1. […] Missing Homework – a highly dramatic shot from the studio of Steven Perlmutter of a letter left abandoned in a school.  The natural light streaming into the scene creates an amazing setting, carefully and sympathetically processed by Steven to really accent the rich tension. […]

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