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April 2001

Modern ruins

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Phillip Buehler’s dossier of ruined ships, railway stations, stadiums, hospitals, Worlds Fair sites, U-boat bunkers and other remarkable places. The author has a sharp eye​—​look at the other sections of his site too (linked from the home page).

Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Arizona, 1999 [photo by Phillip Buehler]

I photograph modern ruins because I find it disturbing to find familiar objects and technology to be abandoned. I’m reminded that nothing is permanent, that everything is always in a state of transition. And we see ourselves in our own transitions, sometimes too focused on where we’re going to notice and appreciate where we are.

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