Octavius Simpson

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Architecture, Landscapes, Rural Decay
I captured the images of Octavius Simpson’s abandoned home on a balmy summer evening.  This man known as Teavie, was born October 31, 1899 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He made his voyage to Canada in Spring 1921. In 1945, he purchased the  picturesque piece of land N1/2 25-50-19,  which he farmed until his death, July 22, 1977.

According to all that knew him, Teavie was always delightful company and invariably pleased with the smallest gestures imparted on him.  Give him a cup of tea and cook him some pancakes and he was “happy as a king”.

Interestingly, he had an unconventional hobby – he collected beautiful china. Allegedly, he did not use the china for himself; but served his guests with his treasured crockery.  Quite often he bestowed upon his friends lovely pieces of china ware as gifts.

The memory of Teavie’s warmth and hospitality positively clash with the forsaken structure that has been left behind.

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Entranced by rural and urban decay. I am drawn to these forlorn sites because they emote conflicting sentiments of beauty and disintegration.

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