One of the most painful lessons learned over the past few years is that one can never assume just because you can visit something later what you want to photograph will still be there. When we first explored the church/dance hall buildings all the seats were still intact on the balcony level and the back two or three rows were still on the main floor. I never took photos of them for some stupid reason. Mind you I’ve had something like 5 years to do so.
On one of our last trips I thought about shooting a series of the upper balcony, but we were pressed for time and I figured I could do so on the next visit, it wasn’t like someone was going to come through and totally remove all the seats with out a trace, right?
I deeply regret not shooting that photo when I had the chance, it would not have taken me more than a few minutes, but now the opportunity to do so is gone forever. When I walked up to the balcony on this trip I just froze, dumb struck. This is all that is left
Lesson learned, no matter how short time may be getting for our trip I will not take any chances, I’ll take the shot I see.