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Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America chapter 1 Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America, meaning Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America, genre Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America, book cover Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America, flies Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America, Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America 19715a213cf3e Brian Vanden Brink Is One Of America S Most Sought After Architectural Photographers He Is Also Drawn To The Mystery And Unexpected Beauty Found In Abandoned Architecture Here Vanden Brink Captures And Illuminates In Stunning Black And White Images Abandoned Structures Such As Mills, Bridges, Grain Elevators, Churches, And Storefronts Structures That Once Were Important And Useful With Text By Historic Preservation Expert Howard Mansfield, This Collection Of Photos Grants Permanence To Places That May Soon Vanish Forever


10 thoughts on “Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America

  1. says:

    Absolutely stunning photos of exteriors only You can feel their history and it may just make your heart ache Mine did.


  2. says:

    I have always been fascinated by buildings, in particular old historic homes and churches, that have been left to decay They make me so sad I can t help but wonder about the people who used to inhabit them the families that were born, grew up, then died in them It always makes me wonder why the house was finally abandoned Did the family just pack up and leave Why And although it makes absolutely no sense, I always feel sad for the house It was built so lovingly, with a purpose, and was filled with the sounds of adults and children for years and years, and now they re left to rot Some of the houses in this book were so obviously built to last generations, and must have been grand houses in their times And now they re ruins I guess, too, it reinforces the fact that we re all here temporarily, and one day our own homes will be empty and fall apart.I get all melancholy looking at these photos, but that s how I know they re good.


  3. says:

    Non historic ruin is a sight of discomfort for me in general Historic ruin is a matter of neutral curiosity distanced by time,such ruin is a reminder of history long gone, with its residue polished and rounded to achieve a sense of hygienic beauty.But ruins of recent past reminds us of loss and death too recent to discount by time Averting my eyes, and hoping that sights with such evident loss and melancholy would pass from my vision, I push my sight and thus my thoughts back to things alive and pleasant Perhaps it is the general sense of fear for decay and death that prompt such innate and uninformed response, which I don t think it is quite unique The modern days are filled with things new and newer, we are in a hurry to discard and move on In the compressed and iPhone ed days, we don t want to stop and confront our moment of discomfort and even fear the fear of being left behind, becoming obsolescent We are told that, to think about the decaying and dying is an affliction, a morbidity of the spirit.But how wrong and amiss we can be, by so brazenly move so fast, in blurring speed to obliterate our existential discomfort about new and old, good and broken, life and death In a small way, this book has taught me to pause, and to think about the common day decay nothing heroic, nothing brave, just the evidence of things being left behind when human moved on.Can we imagine what our house would be like when we are gone What would become the sudden stillness, the sudden emptiness when our household items, our clothes, our books, suddenly left without any acclaim of ownership These photos ask us to look for such stillness, the death inside us In the wonderful introduction by Howard Mansfield, we learnt We lack of good word for this kind of going away, this decay in which something else is present the Japanese call this feeling mono no aware, defined as the bittersweet sadness of things as they are, or a sensitivity to the fleeting beauty of the world You accept it, you even in a small way celebrate it, this evanescence , says Donald Richie, a lifelong student of Japanese culture You are to observe that is happening, and be content that things are proceeding as they must, and therefore should So what have we seen in these photos collected by the photographer Brink over a course of thirty years 1 page 13, a large family house with verandah shaded by a large tree covered with spanish moss the door has two hanging piece of notice, one red, one orange 2 page 14, a main farm with a glimpse of setting sun light from the closed doors, 3 page 45, the interior of a house in Maryland, showing the sweeping stairs with still nearly perfect woodwork in swirls, and multiple layers of paint base yellowed white chalk, then dusty green, then sky blue 4 page 61 the wooden exterior of a stately house Marion Hall bleached white by the element, contrasting with the red paint of nearby humbler huts and sheds And many .In a narrow angle common ruin, the detritus of human left behind this photography book gives us an unexpected aperture to look at moments of mono no aware.


  4. says:

    There can be great beauty in the worn and faded Anyone looking for proof of that might well find it in the pages of this gorgeous book, by famed architecture photographer Brian Vanden Brink It s a collection of photos of abandoned buildings, many of them in Maine where Vanden Brink lives, and all so beautifully shot and lit that you can almost see the years of history and the lives that played out inside them contained in their walls From the introduction by Howard Mansfield What Brian Vanden Brink finds in ruins is a kind of melancholy Free of clutter, free of us, a house gains stillness It is a kind of stillness that we find on old country roads It s the skull under the skin, the skeleton, the death inside us It s the clock ticking our days away We lack a good word for this kind of going away, this decay in which something else is present Ghost or ruin doesn t convey it The Japanese call this feeling mono no aware, defined as the bittersweet sadness of things as they are, or a sensitivity to the fleeting beauty of the world In the Land of the Next Big Thing, ruins are like preserves of mono no aware A ruin invites us to enter it is ours alone to inhabit We can be the ghost of the future come to visit, to render a judgment if we care Prowling an abandoned house we can spy on ourselves and imagine what our house will be like when we are gone It s like placing a call to an empty apartment Though we know better, we can t help imagining that we are hearing the phone itself ring in that empty room


  5. says:

    A moving collection of photographs by architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink He stopped at ruins over the last 30 years to take photos of homes, churches, storefronts, bridges, etcon his way to his professional work for publications such as Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home and New York Time Magazine The photos capture the beauty, energy and life of these now abandoned or deteriorating structures and evokes a sense of loss and mourning for a time that will never be recaptured You can not help but create an image in your mind for the future of structures being constructed today.


  6. says:

    While I really enjoyed the photographs in this book, I wish there had been some description of the buildings, the families that owned the homes, and why they fell into ruin The photos were moving on their own but they left me wanting to know Another similar book I really enjoyed was Ghostly Ruins Ghostly Ruins focuses on fewer buildings but gives the story behind each one.


  7. says:

    From what I observed, most of the photographs were of the northeast, particularly Maine A coworker commented on how a whole book like this could be dedicated to the urban ruin that is Buffalo, although there are still a lot of great, non ruins in Buffalo, too Decent photos.


  8. says:

    Absolutely beautiful


  9. says:

    Vanden Brink is a professional architectural photographer whose career has focused on contemporary architectural design.


  10. says:

    Neat and eerie photographs of abandoned homes, factories, and churches.