Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Urban Exploration #2: Traces, remnants and hidden churches

Urban snapshots taken on whim (click to enlarge)...
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I stole these while looking for old wooden churches on the edge of Drohobych, Ukraine. The city went from Central Euro charm to industrial wasteland quick. Like, one block-quick. And amidst a few traces of remaining terrestrial life, some amazing pieces of history are hidden out there:

The beginning of the edge...

Where sidewalks become makeshift junk markets.

And further...





Amidst the remnants...



...Holy Cross church pokes its central tower up from a deserted village-cum-factory complex.



While the wooden domes of St. George fight a losing battle with a Ukrainian chop shop (click to enlarge- they are scrunched between garage roof and oak tree).

Enter 15th century courtyard... historic vertigo now complete.

...and then it always seems to end with a gypsy bus back.

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The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world 'picturesque.'

-Susan Sontag, on how the camera has become the tool of the flâneur

LOOK: Shpytalna Street from Lvivsky Streets, by fucoid
LOOK: Baba 1 from Lvivsky Streets, by fucoid

8 comments:

Alice said...

It is sad and beautiful story.

You really are a "solitary walker" exploring the most bizarre places...

...and with your camera you are able to transform even a usual dump into a poetic masterpiece...

...and that is what i like the most about your photos.

Perepichka said...

hi fucoid,
i like this post and and it touched the depth of my sole.
thank you for writing about Ukraine a its historical and cultural monuments, that unfortunately not many people care about.

Angie said...

love the pics...Like the one with the German shepherd a lot...as well as the two doll pics...

BoneFarm said...

Good Job Leader. It was a nice tri with you to see the edge and beyond. Those wooden churches are gorgeous! Are they being used and kept up? Are they vernacular?
Bonefarm

Bluesfrau said...

Wow - thanks for the photo tour! If it was for me, you could do them more often. I appreciate the insights you give me through your desire of using your photography armour for the creative-efficient purpose of showing forth your findings...

Bluesfrau said...

The 15th ct church almost reminds of a Pagoda... what are its influences, do you think?

kenflett said...

lovely work fucoid.
reminds me of wandering mexico city alone.

do you keep journal, books of images, notes, or does this blog do that.

fucoid said...

thanks kenflett... mexico city alone? now that is a way to lose yourself.

i have thousands of photos but have not gone near most of them. they are sitting on cds, waiting.

i am bad at keeping a journal of events but i always scribble down new ideas. my blog is mostly just things i find and make along the way. i have tried to write journal entries on here but it ends up feeling clumsy and i usually regret it. i really like the way you combine media with short snips from your life. it is a perfect balance.