Dark Tourism

Here’s an interesting article that I’ve come across regarding tourist attractions filled with historical human death and destruction. Places like Auschwitz, and Ground Zero. Why are we attracted to these sites? Why do millions of people visit them every year?

To read the article, click here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned (Dan Marbaix)

For the photo challenge this week, I’ve decided to showcase another photographer’s work instead of my own. This is mainly because his photographs are brilliant and fit perfectly with the theme of “abandonment” this week. I’m a big fan of his work and I hope he receives the recognition he deserves.

The photographer is Dan Marbaix. Marbaix photographs old, abandoned buildings around the world. He has been arrested over twenty times for trespassing – all for the purpose of creating his art.

His photographs really make you think. What happens to buildings after they have been abandoned? Does life still remain within these buildings? Perhaps not in the traditional sense, but I believe they do. Take a look at Marbaix’s photography project and you will see. His photographs are full of life, even though there are no humans in sight.

But the most intriguing question that we all need to ask is why these buildings were abandoned in the first place. I can understand about the asylums and churches, but what about the family homes? I think history has a lot to do with the back-story of these photographs.

To view more of Marbaix’s work, check out his Flickr page.

For Marbaix’s contact information, visit his official website here.

What do you think of his work? Please leave a comment.