Tuesday, 12 July 2011


"Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things. Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state."

Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre : The Ruins of Detroit.

Ruins have been romanticised through history, the crumbling nature of ancient walls strangely captivating to the modern audience but what happens when modernity itself falls into ruin? These images remind me of a Tim Walker photograph perhaps this is what it looks like within his mind,I imagine him to encounter such images in his preparation for photo shoots. These images are aesthetically beautiful despite the nature of the harrowing story and the decline of the city of Detroit, there is indeed something strangely mystifying in this landscape..

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