Besides the curiosity-feeding thrill of it all, one of the main reasons we venture into these houses is to take reference photos. Old houses are a wealth of interesting and unusual compositions, colours and textures. Degraded paint and wallpaper, rusted metal and aged wood, broken windows, warped floors and walls are all irresistible. It is also worthwhile to visit the same house again if possible, at a different time of day or in a different season.
Below are a few of the images that I am really fond of; they would be beautiful paintings all on their own. The last one is an especial favourite.