No, this title is not referring to my absence from the world of jewelry design, jewelry blogging and everything else that comes with it (if you must know, I'm having a bit of a lull in creativity and am searching for some new inspiration)...instead, this post refers to the hauntingly beautiful book, Gone: A Photographic Plea for Preservation.

"Photographer and architect Nell Dickerson began her exploration of antebellum homesteads...[h]er passion for forgotten and neglected buildings became a plea for preservation.

Gone is a unique pairing of modern photographs and historical novella. Foote offers a heartbreaking look at one man's loss as Union troops burn his home in the last days of the Civil War. Dickerson shares fascinating and haunting photographs, shining a poignant light on the buildings which survived Sherman's burning rampage across the Confederacy, only to fall victim to neglect, apathy and poverty."