Sunday, May 4, 2008

A handful of dust


I promised myself I'd take a break from posts about the Durant Hotel, but when you run across a simultaneously beautiful and thoroughly depressing images like these they have to be celebrated...or acknowledged...or mourned...or whatever the correct response is for something that's aesthetically arresting but reminds you of how far your hometown has fallen.

The shot is from The Kohrman Report, a "ruins photoblog" with stunning images that capture the fate of America in the last thirty years.


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