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I have long held a fascination with old things, or more specifically things that, due to their age, seem like they belong in another world. In many ways you could say that they do and that the world in which they were created was very different to the one we inhabit now. A world where continents were as yet undefined, and distant lands were as alien as the stars in the night sky.
Such ideas speak to me in ways that few other things do. Cartography is one such study I find of great interest and old globes in particular are items I love to pore over. The thought of mapping a planet you have so little knowledge of, or charting lands perhaps never seen by anyone in your culture is such an exciting notion to me. I’ll probably write a post about my love of globes at some point soon, but that’s not actually what I’m going to write about in is post!
This post is actually about an interest I’ve always had but have only recently become aware of as really being separate from that described above.
I have an interest in abandoned things.
Not in quite the same sense as say my interest in globes, but in the sense that visually they give me much the same feeling as imagining those long ago voyages into the unknown, if not more so because they are real places and they exist here in the present! It’s a feeling I wrote about in a previous post: Travel Dreams. I think there is also something about the melding of nature and that which is man made that has always fascinated me as well, for example trees and plant life growing over buildings and objects etc..
Now for something to be abandoned it follows that it would also be old, but this is not always the case and frankly it seems a bit silly to categorise all of these interests as just of ‘old things’ hence why I’m labelling as a separate interest. In fact they all probably have specific names anyway (do let me know if you know!). So yes, I have an interest in old things, globes, maps and abandoned things, amongst others!
Of course there are places like Angkor in Cambodia, Easter Island and Petra in Jordan, which all perfectly fit the bill of ancient abandoned places all belonging to another time and another world, and I would visit any one of those places again in a heartbeat, but recently I have found that the kind of wondrous sights I had previously associated with the ruins of ancient civilisations can be found in a great many other, far less ancient places.
It seems that the degradation, dilapidation and often inundation of living organisms as a result of being abandoned can occur so much more quickly than I had thought. Whereas previously I would see images of Angkor and wonder how many hundreds of years it had taken for it to look the way it does, I now wonder whether it may have looked more like it does now than when it was inhabited within just a few decades.
So really I wanted to share with you some favourite images I have recently become aware of through friends on Twitter or Facebook etc. and which have really caught my imagination and sense of wonder. I hope they do the same for you…
Photo sources (as far as I can find them!): 1)Oleg Gordienko 2)Chris Gray 3)Unknown 4)Unknown 5)Dimitar Dilkoff 6)Perhaps originally from Alveart/flickr.com 7)Karen Burns 8)Lana Sator
Please let me know if you are the owner of any of these photos and a) I have mistakenly credited them to anyone else, b) if I have not credited you, or c) you spot any other mistakes or would like them removed.
If you enjoyed those, I also highly recommend checking out this series of Abandoned Buildings by Matthias Haker.