There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)
In his series, The Good Badlands, photographer Guy Tal seeks to show us that though it is often hidden, and may only appear briefly, there is delicate and subtle beauty in abundance for any viewer with patience and desire.
So it’s fire season here in the middle of Washington State. People are always so surprised to find out that yes… there are *dry* parts of Washington! So dry, that when someone is out target shooting in the hills, they can easily spark a forest fire (which is what the suspected cause of this wildfire has turned out to be.). My zoom lens makes this appear to be far closer to our house than it really is. Actually the Wenatchee River and two hill ridges are between this and where we live. Fortunately, we also live in the middle of a very lush, green orchard… so even if a fire were to start *right here*, it would burn out before it ever reached our door. Thankfully, the fire crews got on this so fast, that it was contained at about 150 acres of damage. ~Aimee~
"The sight of Picasso letting down his hair—so to speak—is a stunning departure from the artist’s usual forbidding presence. No modern artist was more intense, more formidable, than Picasso. Here, he shades his lover, François Gilot from the glare of the Riviera sun, as his nephew savors the incomparable scenario. Years later, Gilot said that the picture of the clowning moment had been possible because Capa was a friend."