“It seems like Detroit has just been left to die,” Marchand recently explained to The Guardian. “Many times we would enter huge art deco buildings with once-beautiful chandeliers, ornate columns and extraordinary frescoes, and everything was crumbling and covered in dust, and the sense that you had entered a lost world was almost overwhelming. In a very real way, Detroit is a lost world — or at least a lost city where the magnificence of its past is everywhere evident.”
Archive for January, 2011
“Most of us don’t expect to encounter works of art in our morning commute, but many of the subway stations in the Stockholm Metro System could definitely qualify — and in fact, it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. From organic architecture that leaves the bedrock exposed to wall frescoes about the history of Earth’s civilizations to sculptures from the ’50s and ’60s, click through to check out some our favorite underground eye candy.”
It’s been one year since the earth shook so violently below Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroying and damaging hundreds of thousands of buildings and lives in mere moments. Twelve months of struggle and heartache have followed, with very little progress to show so far. Only five percent of the rubble has been cleared as crippling “indecision” has stalled reconstruction efforts, a recent report by humanitarian group Oxfam said. It’s not clear when Haiti will be fully rebuilt, with five years needed just to rehouse the government, a top minister recently told an AFP reporter.
David Maisel‘s Library of Dust is a meditation on the cremains of former OSH patients. Until 2004, the urns were locked in a basement and not public knowledge. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.
Over a period of twenty years the basement in which the urns were locked flooded repeatedly. Studio360 describes well the chemical reactions ongoing between the copper, elements within the ashes and substances afixed by flood water. Maisel’s studies are a “yearbook of the socially dispossessed.”
Photographer David Schindler recently visited the site of the nuclear tragedy, and documented what the surrounding area looks like 25 years later. While some might call his work disaster porn, it’s the closest most of us will ever get to witnessing the devastation firsthand. It also puts into perspective how in spite of efforts by the United Nations Development Programme, there’s still a long way to go before the region can return to anything approaching normal life.
Vivian Maier, evidently one of America’s more insightful street photographers, has at last been discovered.
Ms. Maier’s streetscapes manage simultaneously to capture a redolent sense of place and the paradoxical moments that give the city its jazz, while elevating and dignifying the people in her frames — vulnerable, noble, defeated, proud, fragile, tender and often quite funny.
Ducks (or Duck Face), Lockers, Hallway Pics, Football Field, Parking Lot, “MySpace Pics,” Generic looking Flowers & Plants, Fences, Gym Class, Computers & Keyboards (also, someone sitting at said computer), Anything lazily taken in Lab 32, Water Fountains, The Globe at the Front of the School, Looking down at your Feet, In Camera Flash Photography, Cars & School Buses, Boring Neighborhood Snapshots.
Seasonal flooding across eastern Australia has been widespread and devastating this spring – their wettest on record. Cyclone Tasha came along two weeks ago, and dumped even more water on Queensland. Hundreds of thousands of people in an area the size of France and Germany combined are now affected, and at least nine people have been killed so far. Authorities are working to evacuate some communities and airlift supplies to others as the water level is expected to continue rising over the next two days and 38 regions were declared natural disaster areas. Collected here are photos from the recent flooding around Australia and its effect on residents and animals.