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!
As every one visiting this blog once in a while may have noticed, abandoned and decayed places are undeniably a subject of interest both for our writing here as well as our proposed 3D documentary film. I’m always so fascinated by the eerie atmosphere and the haunting memories these images provoke. Just like filmmaker Teddy Smith, obviously. He took a tour of Six Flags New Orleans which has been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has never been reopened. Check out his beautifully shot video below. The park is scheduled to be demolished in early 2011.
What if tomorrow everyone’s car just disappeard? That was the question that Ross Ching asked himself. As an answer he came up with the following video in which he got rid of all the cars in L.A.. It’s the city of 12-lane-superhighways without the cars. Without the trucks. Without any motorized vehicle… Take a look.
German online magazine einestages (“one day”), a part of Spiegel Online (the online department of Der Spiegel) published an essay on the decline of the American shopping mall. And while the few images they dug up aren’t particularly noteworthy, the article itself is worth a reading and provides some insight into the so called “mall archeology” of people who write up their tours and impressions of empty hallways and abandoned stores on websites like deadmalls.com. Please note that the article is available in German only.
All morning I’ve been browsing through vintage color photos taken by Charles Cushman on his travels across the United States in the middle of the 20th century. Cushman took pictures of all sorts of things, but mostly he captured everyday scenes and street life in the forties and fifties. Wow! I could look at those all day. The picture above shows San Francisco in 1962, viewed north-east from Fairmont Hotel. Below it’s Halloween ’52 in Central City, CO (left) and Chicago, IL, 1945:
“Dark Stores” is the title of a horror tale created by photographer Brian Ulrich in the wake of the financial crisis. It’s the last part of his “Copia” project, a serious albeit somewhat poetic examination of consumerism, which he began after 9/11. Back then Americans were being encouraged to help boost the economy by shopping in malls everywhere. A dubious equation of consumerism with patriotism, as Ulrich felt. He went out to capture the lackluster world of malls and retail stores – all in all he shot some fantastic photographic series.
In “Dark Stores” he concludes “Copia” by documenting empty and abandoned malls – at night, when an already eerie silence becomes even more spooky. Looking at those pictures I’d rather not be left alone in these dark places. You can almost hear faint voices and steps of people trailing off into the past, when these places where still alive.