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INSPIRATION | Detroit Ruins

ph / Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Dazed Digital caught my eye with a breathtaking exhibition of photographs from the duo Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, considering the decomposition of the once so lovely city Detroit. As I am not that into glamourous ballrooms and shiny ceilings, I might even like the current state of neglect better then the originals. Especially the colours are so pale, wonderful pastels what once were bright purple and green. The images shot are from several places throughout Detroit, the Lee Plaza Hotel and Adams Theater for example.

"Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes are small pieces of history in suspension. There is nothing more exciting than visiting something mysterious like a derelict castle or an abandoned theatre. As we explore deeper into the ruins the journey raises ideas and questions and we learn about architecture, society and history. What is interesting for us is the confrontation between the ideas embodied in the architecture, such as optimism, power, belief, creation and fantasy and the transformation into ruin, the end of the cycle. This change is very powerful. Ruins are a spectacular demonstration of our nature and its paradoxes, our ability to create and self-destruct."

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