Communist monument ruins - wow!

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  1. michael_r

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    Very cool indeed, I think all the snow only added to the feel of desolation and make the photos stronger in my mind.
     
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    Incredible
     
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    Really interesting - thanks for sharing.
     
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    Filled with snow it almost looked like something out of Empire Strikes Back.

    Interestingly, it bears a similarity to the Olympic Stadium in my city, a monument to idiocy and corruption rather than communism, but still. It's of a similar vintage too.
     
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    I want to go! Amazing.
     
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    When I was a child I remember being facinated by the ancient wonders of the world,,,, I wonder if this could be one of the forgotten wonders of the world. I think a great series could be formulated by the right photographer.

    Michael what do you think? any more gems like this.
     
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    This is also known as "urban exploration", there is a whole community out there google it and be amazed.
     
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    SWEET!!!!!!!
     
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    I am aware of the photo explorers, a friend of mine is in management of the underground tunnels here in Toronto for the public utilities and he has a body of work that is very interesting, as well as the groups breaking into old castles and buildings, Detroit being a good example, but this one is very unique... I guess since its oversees and new to me I find it really amazing.
    The first time I saw real good images of Angor Wat I was spell bound.. they were very large platinums by Kenro Izo back in the early 90's.


     
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    I've always been fascinated by things like corridors and tunnels, but particularly cavernous empty spaces. Much of my photography is about this sort of stuff. I've never done a cohesive series on any one place, although the essentially abandoned Olympic Stadium is something I've been trying to get all-access permission to photograph for a while now. I'd love to do a series on that. Even filled with people it was always a very strange desolate place.

    I must say I'm quite captivated by this Bulgarian monument right now. I keep going back to this set of images. I'm finding a tremendous sense of mystery in it. Even though it doesn't date far back at all, it seems like some unearthed relic. I imagine some distant future scenario in which people are studying the stylized mosaics, trying to decipher the purpose of this structure etc. Things like this really get my imagination going.
     
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    Those mountains didn't look very urban.
     
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    This phot reminds me of those photos from Detroit or was it Chicago published last year of the decaying empty city buildings, it's a sign of our times and not purely Communist/Capitalist thing.

    Ian
     
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    Very interesting. Not to take anything away from Detroit but this does seem to be of a different order of ruin. Amazing.
     
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    I know, the term may be a bit misleading, but it is about the exploration of the derelict and abandoned or, as we say

    "Places after people"

    :smile:
     
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    So, an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere would be called "urban"?
     
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    It would certainly qualify as an urbex-target.

    I am not going to defend or try to define the term for you all, it is what it is, look it up, it's everything abandoned by people, be it a whole city or a simple building, way out.

    Even under ground stuff, like tunnels or various things like hydro power stations, bunkers etc.
     
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    Oh man, i'd totally go.
     
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    talk about total control
    that is beautiful stuff

    i bet there are hundreds of former soviet era monuments
    that are forgotten and begging to be rediscovered and surrealified !

    thanks for posting this !

    john
     
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    Makes me think of this verse:

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away".

    Percy Bysshe Shelley
     
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    Wow. Moving photos, that's for sure. Makes you wonder about all the love and care we put into things in this life . . .