Tuesday, 16 December 2008

RUIN IT/RUIN THEM/RUIN YOURSELF

HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FOR YOU BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTMAS


HAIKYO is, from what I gather, not only another name for the 'Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society' (SWORN ENEMIES OF FACEPLANT FROM THIS DAY FORWARD), but a popular genre of photography which focuses on abandoned areas and buildings. WOAH.


This is a good set of a deserted island near Nagasaki:



This guy is an enthusiast, though occasionally his friends POSE in an ABANDONED AREA like IDIOTS:


http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/ruins-gallery/




Examples from Russia: http://ctulhuftagn.livejournal.com/




Think of Chernobyl. Someone needs to go to Iraq & Afghanistan and take photos like these and start a LiveJournal group about it. Or why not buy stock footage of a ruined building still standing in war-torn baghdad? Here - http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/232010_0096.do - for merely £169.

This is a photo that I took in Okinawa (see, EVERYONE CAN DO IT?):




& HERE, SAN ZHI, an abandoned futuristic city/housing development in Taiwan, which is the best example. Apparently you can see it on google earth w/ these co-ordinates - 25° 15' 39.14" N 121° 28' 39.28" E - but since google earth fucks my computer's shit up, there's no way I can check that. SOMEONE ELSE DO IT FOR ME. Anyway, type SAN ZHI into google images :







One day everything will look like this.

4 comments:

If (Arch-snob) {Apeman} said...

I fully share your predilection for photographed decay/desolation - which is also a popular motif in late 20th C. 'art' film* - but should we care about the fact that it is a form of consolatory pornography for estranged middle-class aesthetes, and has been (in earlier media) for over two centuries? My instinctive answer is no, since there are few enough consolations as it is, but that would be rather un-vanguard talk.

*LAST NIGHT: watched DVD of Tarkovsky's 'Nostalgia' (1983), a superlative example - it rains indoors, and weeds cover everything.

PICO said...

THis one:

http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2008/10/sports-world-water-park-haikyo-izu/

is the perfect real-life emerald hill zone/chemical plant zone hybrid. I want to live and raise children there.

Bravo. Superb post. 8/10. We should all try to learn from this.

J-wo said...

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17261953

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16043280

sweet!

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