Whether you’re a pro, an amateur or a smartphone photographer, the Canadian Rockies should be on your must-do travel list if you’re looking to capture that perfect shot – or thousands of them. With snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes, meadows of wildflowers and golden larches, tumbling waterfalls and, if you’re lucky, roaming wildlife, the Rockies really are in a class of their own when it comes to subject matter. No matter the time of year, or the time of day, this particular part of our country offers ever-changing perspectives to delight a photographer’s eye.
Just like summer fashions, summer destinations go in and out of style. Some glamorous US resorts that once hosted A-list celebrities and offered luxury amenities have since been sold, partially demolished, or abandoned altogether.
From the Catskills to California, here are 10 abandoned places that were once summer hotspots.
She is my first answer when people ask me who my favorite photographer is/was. I would give almost anything to capture the emotion in the subject and instill the empathy in the viewer with photographs the way that she mastered. Truly she was one of a kind.
Who? It’s hard to imagine the landscape of modern documentary photography without the defiant, principled and tireless presence of Dorothea Lange. Born in New Jersey in 1895, Lange is today widely acknowledged as one of the most influential image-makers of her century, having relentlessly documented some of the most turbulent political and cultural times in American history: from the tired, hungry and desperate Dust Bowl refugees of the Great Depression, to the Japanese-American internees she felt were being unjustly incarcerated post-Pearl Harbor, through to the thousands of women who made up the workforce in the shipyards of Richmond during the Second World War.
A visual activist, proto-feminist, and early environmental campaigner, Lange triumphed over adversity in her young life after contracting polio at the age of seven – an illness that left her with a misshapen foot, causing her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life. This episode imbued in her a sense of empathy which she felt contributed to her ability to engage with her subjects. “Lange was a strong advocate for the power of photography to effect real change,” explains Alona Pardo, curator of the retrospective Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing, newly opened at the Barbican. “She dedicated her life to telling the truthful stories of the communities she sought to represent and record.”
The fourth annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards winners have been announced. Photographers from over 170 countries entered the contest, and 39 photographers from 22 different countries made the cut.
Street photography allows people to see other country’s settings in a more artistic way. The winners in this years competition take you to the streets around the world, from the “futuristic urban scenes in Tokyo” to “intimate black-and-white moments in Berlin.”
Weeds penetrate the wrought iron grid of the greenhouse standing next to a boarded up castle in Belgium. French photographer Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez climbed through the shattered glass to capture nature reclaiming the site man has long forgotten.
“It’s a rusty place with broken windows, but still it’s beautiful. I like to find beauty where you think you cannot find beauty,” Jonk explains. This quest was the impetus behind his travels to more than 700 abandoned locations in 33 countries on four continents, resulting in a new book, Naturalia: Reclaimed by Nature.