It’s been a full year since we’ve first pointed you to Yves Marchand’s and Romain Meffre’s fantastic photographs from the ruins of Detroit. About two weeks ago the british Guardian ran a great story about their work and their book “The Ruins of Detroit” (amazon affiliate link), including an image gallery with a number of photos that haven’t been seen online before. You should check them out!
Today the german Spiegel Online also has a lengthy article on Detroit’s major architect Alber Kahn with even more photos by Marchand and Meffre.
These are absolutely worth reading and especially seeing! Beautiful photographs that hint at numerous and unfortunately sad stories from the urban America of the 20th century.
More American-Southwest-Time-Lapse-Porn, this time by Dan Eckert who created some amazing shots along Highway 395 in the California desert. And some in Arizona.
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Related: Tom Lowe’s Timelapse Photography
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Tom Lowe creates timelapse photography. Of rocks. Canyons. Clouds. And Light. And what he creates looks so utterly fantastic that you have to watch it with your own eyes. In his blog he writes up on the strains of shooting and all the technical challenges he has to deal with during production. And I am so not surprised that along the way Tom expresses his sincerest admiration for filmmaker Ron Fricke. I can only and truly underscore his words.
An now, let’s close our eyes for a moment and imagine shots like this on a big screen in a darkened theater. In 3D. Especially in 3D. And we will get a slight idea of the direction where THE AMERICAN BACKROOM (at least in parts) is going to take us… Mark my words
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American Ruins in 3D! That sounds almost like a scene from THE AMERICAN BACKROOM… or rather like a photo project by Matt Bergstrom. He’s creating three View-Master Sets of abandoned buildings in decay.
“American Ruins” is a three-dimensional, photographic series exploring unusual, abandoned buildings — like a candy factory! — to be viewed on an old-fashioned View-Master. Both an exploration of architectural history and a fun throwback to childhood, backers will receive their very own View-Master viewer and a complete set of reels!
Matt needs a little financial support to get things started so he launched his project on Kickstarter: American Ruins in 3D! How cool is that. Definitely worth our support. Click the image below to check it out:
Wow! The Denver Post put together an amazing set of color photographs taken between 1939 and 1943 in post-depression era America. Some of the only color pictures that take a close look at the effect of the Great Depression on rural America. Color photos from times long ago are a treat anyway, but these ones are even more special. They’ve been taken from the archives of the Library of Congress, in particular from the color set of the 1930s to 1940s. Head on over to flickr to browse through them for yourself, but be warned, it’s a whopping 1,615 photos in this set alone.
South Haven Light, South Haven, MI
At age 18, Mike Brodie took his Polaroid camera and began exploring the US by train. On his three year voyage he saw a part of America that can hardly be further away from what normally inflates our collective memory of US pop culture or tourist hearsay. It’s the world of vagabonds, hobos and freighthoppers. Brodie calls it “travel culture” and he came home with hundreds of amazing Polaroid pictures of an alternative American way of life between track beds and freight depots. He became known as the Polaroid Kidd, and his photographs can be seen at exhibitions all over the world.
Needles & Pens has an online collection of his pictures here and here, there are more at Arteven, and DryInk Mag did an interview with The Polaroid Kidd.
Keith Davis Young is a young designer and photographer from Austin, TX, and I just finished clicking through his flickr set bearing the rather inconspicous title 35mm. I had starry eyes. He captured a fantastic set of impressions and fragments of daily life. RVs, parking lots, diners and restaurants, people, furniture, all kinds of moods. Go take a look!