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An Erasure of Sorts: An Abandoned America Blog
22nd February 2014 - 1 comment
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Sitting up there in the dark amidst the shadows of familiar things now twisted and blackened, with lazy ashes swirling in the last fleeting rays of sunshine, I knew I was where I belonged.


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Demolition by Neglect: An Abandoned America Blog
14th February 2014 - 0 comments
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How do you destroy a building you probably shouldn't be allowed to? It's a process called demolition by neglect. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher.


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A Requiem for St. Bonaventure
13th February 2014 - 0 comments
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The destruction of a true work of art is never something to revel in. The erasure of a beautiful cathedral like Philadelphia's St. Bonaventure is a tragedy for all, and an enormous hole torn both literally and figuratively in the community around it. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher


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Blog Post: Carve Out a Little Piece of My Heart
22nd March 2013 - 0 comments
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With every place lost, you lose a part of yourself.


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Blog Post: A Violation of the Contract
19th February 2013 - 2 comments
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Abandoned sites are more than just places to photograph or ways of getting away from the rules of society. Often they are the physical manifestation of something that has gone horribly wrong.


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Blog Post: The Work I Was Born to Do
06th February 2013 - 3 comments
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Does the photography of ruins exploit its subjects? It's a frequent criticism of the genre of work, and one that I disagree strongly with. Here's why.


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Blog Post: the neatest line you can draw
17th January 2013 - 0 comments
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The illusion of safety is all a matter of what side of the fence you're on.


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Blog Post: if words could change our nature
07th January 2013 - 1 comment
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One can endlessly summarize the experience of visiting an abandoned place or its past, but to what end?


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the in-between: an Abandoned America blog
06th January 2013 - 1 comment
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Abandoned places: halfway between reality and somewhere else.


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Blog post: where hope has failed
19th December 2012 - 1 comment
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What if abandoned sites are our society's most important wake up call?


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Blog Post: can't mourn everything
04th November 2012 - 2 comments
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I don't know that a perpetual state of mourning is the answer, and sometimes I feel that perhaps it's a bit selfish. No matter how legitimate your suffering, its effect is often to turn your gaze inwards and sever your connection with others and the world around you.[html]


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Blog Post: you're on your own
31st August 2012 - 0 comments
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Sometimes I wonder what I'm doing all of this for.
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Blog post: down the charred black corridor
28th August 2012 - 1 comment
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An isolative nature and abandoned sites go together quite well, surprisingly.
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Blog post: so it is within
24th August 2012 - 3 comments
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The effects of depression and the effects of decay are remarkably similar.
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Blog post: eulogy for a nameless kitten
18th August 2012 - 3 comments
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I come across a great many dead things during my travels. Some affect me more than others.
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Confessions of a Ruin Pornographer Part III: On Dealing With the Dead
07th February 2012 - 2 comments
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If, at it's core, the photography of ruins is dealing with death and mortality, how should it approach the subject? How does the literal depiction of death through art and photography play into the subject? In this post we'll examine these topics and try to come to some conclusion about the purpose and approach taken with regards to the subject, and what can be expected by the viewer. Thoughts and opinions are welcome.
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Confessions of a Ruin Pornographer Part II: A Chronicle of Failure
24th January 2012 - 2 comments
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What are reasonable expectations of the genre of the photography of ruins? What makes one's body of work a success or a failure? What expectations are reasonable to have of this line of art and the photographers who work in it? Who is to blame for the staggering losses these photographs present? Short answer: I don't know, and probably me.
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Confessions Of A Ruin Pornographer: A Lurid Tale of Art, Double Standards, and Decay (Part I)
14th January 2012 - 3 comments
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What constitutes "ruin porn"? How did the term come about? And what is its use and validity in the discussion of photography of ruins? In the first installment of this series, I will explain the history and evolution of this overused term and where it fits into the dialogue about abandoned sites, preservation, and art. Thoughts and comments welcome.
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