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Monday, January 17, 2005

Some things are eerily beautiful

Like these photoessays of modern ruins. The train yard is especially compelling.

And then there are other things like the stuff posted at urban decay, such as this water slide in Bulgaria:

I don't think that would pass muster today.

You might want to check out the work of Ed Burtynsky. His photographs of the "ship-breaking" yards in southeast Asia, where large ocean-going vessels are broken up (it's a highly labor-intensive proces there), are breathtaking.

I personally have a great fondness for photographs of industrial sites. Some of the photographs of, for example, steel mills in operation (and other things; see James Jeffrey Higgins' book, Images of the Rust Belt) are also amazing.
Don Coffin
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