J.E. Brooke

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Interested in documenting abandoned properties,historical areas,and subjects relating to the American south.
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I read an interesting article the other day about experiences in your life being encoded in your DNA and passed down to your offspring..I believe that to a degree..I have never been in the Navy,Coast Guard or had the title of sailor attached to my name in any shape or form.Ive never been out to sea or owned a boat..My grandfather and great grandfather were in the Merchant Marines and scattered back in my family history there are a few sailors sea captains,and a ship surgeon etc..At one point there was even a Naval vessel honoring one of my ancestors..Could there be something to the DNA argument ? I have spent the majority of my life in close proximity to some form of water.When other people have problems they might choose to drive to a bar..they might visit a friend..I've always drove to the water..the rythym of the waves..the vast openness of the water..recenters me..it forces me to focus on something other than myself..Perhaps that is what my ancestors needed..maybe it's genetic in some way..and maybe they are reaching out to me from the past and hoping to find the water again.
----------------------------------------------------------- "He's somewhere on the ocean now
That's where he ought to be
With one hand on the starboard rail
He's waving back at me" 
The Captain and the Kid-Jimmy Buffett

#buffett #jimmybuffett #water #sea #dna #geneticpredisposition #genetic #coastal #gulfcoast #bonsecourriver #ocean #boat #rowboat #shrimpboat #blue #captainandthekid #ancestory #sonofasonofasailor #MobileBay #saltlife #gulfshores #SouthAlabamaphotography #alabamathebeautiful #merchantmarines #navy #coastguard #sealife
Fairhope Friday Night 
#plow #FairhopeAlabama #fairhopeporn #fairhope #fridaynighticrashedyourparty #completelysober #litebeer #modelo #barsigns #signporn #signage #friendsinlowplaces
Panorama of downtown Mobile ,Alabama
#mobileal #thisisalabama #alabamasocial #loweralabama #mobileskyline #mobilealabama #cityofmobile #rsa #rsatower #mobileconventioncenter #skyline #southernskyline #lifeinthesouth #urbanphotography #raddison #admiralsemmes #downtownmobile #waterstreet #mobileexploreum #alabamathebeautiful #Alabamaphotographer #urbanrenewal #panorama #riverview
The two tower architectural feature is prevalent in churches all over the world. The question is why? The short answer to that is no one seems to know exactly. Even though it is represented from the cathedrals in Europe to the small country churches on the backroads of America, no one is even exactly sure when it started. Reasons range from the mystical to the more utilitarian. From early on, the two tower feature has been used to mark the entrances to places of great importance. They were used in defensive structures such as fortresses and also to mark the gates of  cities. They also at times served as look out posts. There are also some references to them having ties to  Freemasonry.While,I cannot say that that is the absolute truth I do find it interesting that a lot of these towns with this style of church also contain a  Masonic lodge. I find that photography has the ability to make us see things that we otherwise may not have seen. I find that the usual course of action while photographing is I slow down to take a photo and it is then I truly notice a buildings features.After that the question of why comes into the equation. Why was it built that way ? Was it built that way out of necessity ? Was it built that way based on available materials ?...or does the design have some greater significance ?... Are there any ways that photography has helped improve your knowledge of other subjects that don't relate to photography necessarily ?
#thisisalabama #oldalabama #oldchurch #twintowers #twotowers #countrychurch #freemasons #freemasonry #onlyinalabama #ruralalabama #ruralalabama #backroadstravel #christian #churchporn #church⛪ #southalabamaphotography #alabamathebeautiful #alabamachurch #churchdesign#architecture #alabamanow #americansouth #country #churchgram
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne de Beinville..What would you think about your little settlement on the river, if you could see it today ? Would you be amazed at the tall buildings ? Would you question about the strange boats they are building across the water ? Would you marvel at the speed at which life travels ? Or would you simply sit by the water and take in the sunset one more time ? 
#mobileal
#mobilebay 
#alabamasunsets #alabamathebeautiful #mobilealabama #cityofmobile #mobilecounty #hometown #beinville #thisisalabama #onlyinalabama #alabamanow #americansouth #loweralabama #sunsetloversgram #longexposure #longexposurealabama
Occasionally,while going to these deserted towns I sometimes get the feeling I'm not alone...NO...not talking about ghosts...I'm talking about Armadillos people..I was standing directly under that sign trying to read it when I heard weeds rustling below my feet..I immediately went to RATTLESNAKE !!...and then proceeded to jump 6ft backwards and let out a stream of obscenities that would have probably had me hung from the gallows in the towns heydey..at the very least a stern lecture from the town preacher..after I calmed down I walked slowly back over to where I was standing and this armadillo was standing there digging and doing armadillo things..I thought I'll scare him off..I stomped my foot and he kept digging..I contemplated kicking a field goal until I realized I don't know if they bite or..well, I don't know anything about Armadillos except they love falling asleep in the middle of roads..and what if there was fifty other ones hiding in the bushes and they rushed me..I could probably take out two..maybe three but eventually they'd take me down..so I did what any reasonable person would do...I decided that wasn't the angle I wanted anyway.

Armadillo -1...Photographer-0

#notaman #southalabamaphotography #animalstory #overgrown #signlove #animalplanet #ruralalabama #rurex #abandoned #abandonedcentral #alabamathebeautiful #dotheybite
This house has stayed with me for two reasons.One, it's a beautiful house with a three gabled roof design The second reason is,was the emotion it contained.Now,I'm not about to start lighting candles and contacting spirits or anything..I mostly don't believe in that stuff anyways.Most of the time while photographing houses..I don't  even feel anything..I hop out of the car and do my work..This time...walking away I was struck with sadness..Somebody loved this place and didn't want to let it go..I wanted to rescue this house..I didn't want to leave..you could just feel it...The next morning I even started thinking this ridiculous plan up..okay I find out if I can buy..I'll use it as a base camp and weekend retreat..I can turn the outer building into an office and gallery...WHOA...Hold on This place is way out in the sticks,I don't even know if it's for sale or what's wrong with it..I don't know one person in a hundred miles of that place...I had to stop myself...but that's just an example of the type of hold this place had on me..I couldn't find any information on it anyway..Ill have to revisit it one day and try to see if anyone local knows anything about it..hope you guys enjoy the photo !
#house
#memoriesimprinted
#oldhouse #oldalabama #ruralalabama #thisisalabama #onlyinalabama #abandonedphotography #abandon_seekers_ #abandonedjunkies #theamericansouth #oldhouselove  #farmhouselove #abandonedcentral #forgottenplaces
Fuel tank with a message 
#christian #sunday #church #baptist #catholic #methodist #bonsecourriver #bonsecour #alabamathebeautiful #Alabamaphotography #thisisalabama #fuel #marina #boatdrinks #alabamanow #southalabamaphotography #baldwincounty #jesuschrist #alabamalife #marinalife #shrimping #workingonthewater #sailorlife #messagefromgod
"Gulf coast nights, flounder lights
I'm back on the Eastern shore
With my history of wrecks
I think It's time to check
The crab trap of life once more"

#crabtrap #billys #shrimpboat #blueskies #southalabamaphotography #seafood #jimmybuffett #easternshoreal #thisisalabama #alabamanow #shrimping #onlyinalabama #alabamathebeautiful #alabamalife #alphotography #bonsecour #coastalalabama #bonsecourriver #macmacanally #tonightijustneedmyguitar #gulfcoast
Classic Barn photo.. not sure of the age of this but it's not going down without a fight.. a clear testament to the craftsmanship of yesterday.

#barns #barnporn #thisisalabama #rurex #alabamacountry #sweetHomeAlabama #SouthAlabama #alabamathebeautiful #Alabamadecay #bamagram #theydontbuildthemliketheyusedto #alabamastyle #Alphotography #agameoftones #rurexexploration #ruralamerica #ruralalabama
1800s general store with interesting paint scheme..
#generalstore
#countrystore #smalltownusa #yellowbuilding #thisisalabama #alabamathebeautiful #abandonedphotography #abandon_seekers_ #abandonedjunkies #abandonedcentral #abandonedplaces #onlyinalabama #Alabamadecay #decayed #decay_nation #SouthAlabama
There is a method to the madness 
#cocacola #coke #redwhiteblue
#americana #thisisalabama #umbrella #color #summer #bluesky💙 #summerday #cokes #cokecola #redumbrella #blueskies #alabamathebeautiful #alabamalife #alabamaphotographer