September 20, 2005

Fantasy Farm & Heritage USA

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Standing But Not Operating is back! Their simple mission... to bring you the pictures and histories of amusement parks that have fallen into disuse and abandonment. I especially enjoyed browsing through Jim Baker's (PTL Club) Heritage USA... which brought to mind this previous post.

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September 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 21, 2005

Amusements For Sale

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For a measly million and a half buckaroos, you can get your hands on this run down little amusement park in Wichita, Kansas. And you can buy it on ebay. To aid you in your online puchase, I've provided you with a handy aerial view of the park, via google maps (look right in the center of the image).

If you decide this purchase is a bit much, you could always set your sights a bit lower. Like this letter "U" from Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction. I'm very sorry... there is no aerial view of the letter U, but there are a few good bird's eye shots of Disneyland in this previous post.

July 21, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 07, 2005

笠森観音

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This photography of an old Japanese temple reminds me of a very peculiar (and terrifying) dream I once had. The photos were shot by the shutterbug(s) at Scene (who I happen to have mentioned in a previous Gunkanjima Island post). While you're browsing through the temple, don't fail to stop by and meander through some of the other Scene photography.

July 7, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Beguiling Ruination

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"Ruins are the containers of events played out, still vibrant and suprisingly alive with the memories of the past. These places are true museums, preserving the past in its unpolished and raw form. The aging surfaces bear the etched marks of former times, memories from the past pulse from the walls."

– Shaun O'Boyle

I recently stumbled across O'Boyle's eerily provoking photo-essays, entitled Modern Ruins; they live up to his quote. My favorites... the Boatyard Ruins and the Arsenal.

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Note: Related previous posts...
Ruins and Waste Encroach
Dead Island
Gallery of Junk

July 7, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 09, 2005

Dead Island

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"A shock ran through my body when I encountered the atmosphere of the island, which was beyond my imagination. I stayed at the island and shot photos for three months until it was completely vacant.... Since then, I spent a lot of time on the island and oberved the changes. The island has been slowly ruined by weathering. The traces of life have long been lost..."

– Saiga Yuji, regarding Gunkanjima (The Battle Ship Island)

View the following galleries, and more, at Saigi Yuji's website:
1974 Gunkanjima
Gunkanjima – Views of an Abandoned Island

Photographers of all skill levels seem to be drawn to the abandoned Gunkanjima. Here's a sampling:
Scene
Public Waste Photography
Hiroyuki Kamamura
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Colors

June 9, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 21, 2005

Beloved Monstrous Mine

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Welcome to Mirny, Eastern Siberia, just below the edge of the Arctic Circle, where your average day is a cool -40 Celsius, where you (the outsider) are watched with grave suspicion, and where diamond miners are left to stare into the depths of their beloved, monstrous mine: the 500 meter very-deep, now-abandoned, largest diamond mine in the world.

(via growabrain)

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May 05, 2005

Ruins and Waste Encroach

Hashima004_1While searching for imagery of abandoned theme parks, I stumbled across this simply-amazing-website. The endless photographs of abandoned japanese buildings are simply overwhelming. And hauntingly beautiful. I recommend beginning with photo-set number one.

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