The Beeb did a spot on the rather wonderful photographic work of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, The Ruins of Detroit. The images are hauntingly lovely depictions of decaying grandeur or nondescript workplaces lent an odd kind of glamour by their ageing disarray and abandonment. For instance this ordinary office clock has become Daliesque, the wall is texturally fantastic and the composition is perfection itself.
Apparently the photos are being exhibited at the Wilmotte Gallery in London until 5th April so I’m going to make an effort to get in and see them. The use of light is dreamlike and superb, as in this shot.
The atmosphere created makes me think of Cuba (though I’ve never been) and abandoned Berlin, with all the buildings I never went to explore. It also reminded me of this extraordinary photo from National Geographic, by Chris Gray. It was taken in Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mine near the coast of Namibia and is ridiculously gorgeous.
So much beauty through a lens. Happy me.