Photographs by Nancy O. Albert
Get off the interstate and there are remnants of a time in the not too distant past. I began my photographic life in New England and continued exploring once I moved to North Carolina. On the back roads, away from tourist destinations, you can still see diners, cabins, produce stands, drive-in theaters; structures from the middle years of the 20th century. Small towns and Main Streets of empty storefronts, abandoned farm houses and barns gradually being overtaken by vines. I drive along the old routes looking for survivors; the odd, hand-built, idiosyncratic, no longer used, starkly beautiful.