Friday, June 24, 2016

Internal Brexit

The U.K leaving the E.U. is a moment in history, and another moment on the passport queue for those leaving the E.U. and going, say, to Scotland.
Hardwood Hospital, foto by Abandoned Scotland

But abandonments are nothing to to the U.K.  and that brings me to my absolutely favorite website, Abandoned Scotland.

I'd been watching their videos for a few years, marveling at the abandoned hospitals, schools, castles and such, as well being stunned by the fabulous production of their visuals accompanied by eerie music. Clicking the full screen mode always bought such peace and beauty for a few minutes. And of course these shots also made me miss Scotland and wish I could go on adventures with these guys.

Then for a few years, nothing, and I felt abandoned. But I'm glad to say Abandoned Scotland is back with this incredible video of Hartwood Hospital. Now they have drones and it is glorious to rise over empty spaces surrounded by formidable building walls, to go deep into buildings where there is nothing but what's left over, to wonder who lived here, who died here, and ask where are they now. 

Abandoned Scotland photographs and videos are the story of history and loss, building and then leaving only the stamp of human suffering or happiness or past glory and riches behind. And all in Scotland which is one gorgeous country.

I wrote to AS to say I liked their new website and loved their work, I no longer felt abandoned, and sent them some abandoned Philadelphia, a defunct steam plant by the folks at Hidden City Philadelphia
Image result for the stacks bethlehem
They wrote back to say they liked my work (which it was not) and they encouraged me to keep it up. They pointed out that Scotland's abandoned places are out the way, set in woods and such and they have no huge abandoned mills such in the the U.S. which are sometimes still set in cities (such as Bethlehem PA)

That comment brought me to idea of Abandoned Venice, the plague hospital islands left to rot, the enclosed forbidden palazzi gardens, the medieval buildings boarded up, the monasteries still in use but not open to the public. 
A small city, not in a woods, and yet much of it abandoned for centuries and still standing.

Now all I need is a drone and permission to use it over Venice. 
And then we can be reminded again of how amazing the human footprint has been and how in a nanosecond nature its ready to take it all back.

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