This blog documents what remains when man abandons his buildings, homes, schools, and factories. These decaying structures represent his impact on his world: where he lived, how he worked, and what he built. The blog also shows examples of where decay was averted or reversed with hard work and imagination.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
From the archives: Natural Swimming Pool, Colombo, Ceylon, 1959
My dad took this photograph on Kodachrome film with a Leica IIIC camera and 5cm ƒ/2.0 Summitar lens (still in use). I do not know the exact date and am not sure where the Kodachrome was processed then. I doubt the family sent it back to USA, but possibly Kodak had laboratories in Bangkok or Tokyo.
Monday, December 28, 2015
On the Waterfront: Movie Stars of Kowloon (Hong Kong)
|Hong Kong (Kodachrome, Leica IIIC, 5cm ƒ/2 Summitar lens)|
Today the Kowloon waterfront is a refined and popular tourist attraction, especially the Avenue of the Stars.
Bruce Lee is here along with other Hong Kong movie stars. You can be a film director, too. (Trivia note: Bruce Lee, like yours truly, was a former University of Washington student.)
This is a popular destination for visitors from the mainland. I did not realize it before my 2014 trip, but residents of the mainland need a visa or permit to travel to Hong Kong - they can't just drive in or take a train on a whim. We noted that the ladies were typically immaculately and fashionably dressed, while the gents often looked like Bubba came off the farm and took the bus to Hong Kong.
This is the clock tower, near the ferry terminal. Take the ferry across the harbour and watch the scenery unfold as you cross to Hong Kong Island.
Sampans in Hong Kong Harbor, 1 Oct 1950. Only a year after the Communist conquest of the mainland, thousands of refugees had fled to Hong Kong, settling in Kowloon and on innumerable floating communities. These sampans were highly vulnerable to typhoons that periodically swept across the South China Sea. The small boats are now gone and the setting is much more industrial and sterile.
1950 photographs taken on Kodachrome film with a Leica IIIC camera and 5cm ƒ/2.0 Summitar lens (still in use occasionally 65 years later). The 2014 frames are from a Nexus 4 phone (sorry). I made the map with ESRI ArcMap software.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
On the loose in Arusha, Tanzania
Some big beefy ladies haunt the market district.
train service to Arusha now, but by bus you can go to Kenya or Uganda, and possibly further. That might be an interesting adventure.
This is the fourth of a series of Tanzania articles and has covered a short tour of Arusha. Should your travels take you there, do walk or take motorbikes round town.
Photographs taken with a Panasonic Lumix G3 digital camera with Panasonic 12-32mm lens. I opened the raw files with Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 and processed most of the frames with DxO FilmPack 5 using the Kodachrome 25 emulation. I think it does not quite look like Kodachrome, but have no direct comparison available.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
More Urban Decay: West Porter Street, Jackson, Mississippi
The little cottage at 2032 West Porter was abandoned. The small fireplace was probably intended for a coal stove insert.
The resident at 2030 restores interesting old American cars, real Detroit iron.
On the north side of West Porter is another warehouse or shop. I could not tell if any part of the building is occupied.
This is the view north along Gallatin Street. It is somewhat desolate now.
These are the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks at the Gallatin Street underpass. These massive girders are early 20th century, the great era of railroad construction.
Photographs taken with a Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera, with some frames through a 35mm f/2.8 Olympus shift lens (to eliminate converging lines). I processed some of the RAW files with PhotoNinja software.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Arusha with Film Emulations
Long-time readers know I often convert my digital RAW files to black and white. Recently I tried the DxO FilmPack 5 film emulation software. I thought it would be interesting to see how some scenes in Arusha, Tanzania, would look if I had been using film (click any of the pictures to see them at 1,600 pixels wide).
Friday, December 11, 2015
Hanging Around in Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania
Manyara National Park and a few kilometers north of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. It is about 3 hours drive west of Arusha, and most tourists probably rush on through unless they need some diesel.
I took these photographs with a Panasonic Lumix G3 digital camera and the Panasonic 12-32mm lens. I opened the raw files with Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (with Adobe Camera Raw 7.4) and then used the Kodachrome 25 film emulation in DxO FilmPack 5. The K25 increased contrast (as per the original film), so I had to reduce contrast when initially opening the RAW file. Also, on most, I increased exposure in the shadows to prevent their becoming completely featureless, so possibly I am not really replicating K25. But all in all, I like the K25 look; it reminds me of my film days.
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