Abandoned America

Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated by the ruins of previous societies. The desire to gain a greater understanding of our past has driven archaeologists, artists, and scholars from across the world to study the vestiges of lifestyles that have vanished in an attempt to capture their mystique and beauty.

Originally intended as an examination of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Matthew Christopher’s Abandoned Americarapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more. Through his collection of writing and photography, Christopher has spent the last decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known: our own. Exploring sites like the charred remains of the Hotel Do De, the rusted cells of the Essex County Jail Annex, the sublime majesty of the Church of the Transfiguration, or the eerie and dilapidated remnants of the New Castle Elks Lodge, the work spans architectural treasures left to the elements and then all too often lost forever.
With 240 pages of beautiful photographs, a foreword by celebrated author James Howard Kunstler, and detailed historical background on each site, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences is sure to captivate anyone with an interest in the modern ruins in our midst.

Review

“Matthew Christopher’s photographic record of decay depicts the tragic truth: that something extraordinary has ended and that nothing like it may ever come back. We’re now going in the other direction despite a lot of wishful thinking: toward a loss of complexity, a reduction in the scale of activity, a loss of artistry, and probably the end of many comforts, conveniences and amenities we’ve come to take for granted.”
James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere

“The places Christopher photographs tell their stories with silence and extraordinary light – the spaces between the life and death of a building. His pictures make me feel like someone told me a secret.”
Jane Derenowski, Reporter, NBC Nightly News

“It’s romantic, it’s nostalgic, it’s wistful, it’s provocative. It’s about time, nature, mortality, disinvestment.”
Joann Greco, The Atlantic Cities

“Through his photographs, Christopher makes a powerful statement about job loss, urban blight and historic preservation. In light of the collapse of American industry and the subsequent economic meltdown, the relevance of these topics has never been more important to the examination of America’s national identity.”
Joseph and Barrie Ann George, The Sentinel

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Abandoned Japan

Japan is often thought of as a place where the modern world and ancient traditions meet in surprising and fascinating ways. The rapid pace of technological, social and cultural change throughout the 20th century propelled the country forward but left countless establishments, industries and entire towns deserted.

Through his photography Jordy Meow explores these forgotten places and sheds light on a lost world that was thriving just a few decades ago.

Abandoned Japan documents famed ruins (haikyo in Japanese) such as Gunkanjima, the island featured in the Bond movie Skyfall, which once had a population of over 5,000 but is now completely abandoned, and the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland theme park. Beyond these well-known sites, Jordy Meow also takes us on a journey through every aspect of rapidly disappearing past: from schools and hospitals to industrial sites and night-life, including strip clubs and love hotels.

Born in France in 1982, Jordy Meow studied in China software engineering. He eventually moved to Tokyo in 2008 to pursue an engineering career and started to work on his photography seriously. His pursuits have led him to make several trips to the abandoned island of Gunkanjima and one brief visit to North Korea. Saddened by the atmosphere he was seeing in most photos of haikyo at that time, he felt compelled to share his own which were
charged-up with the feelings he experienced while exploring those places. He made haikyo his first serious photography project. Today, he continues to spend most of his free time in search of offbeat and beautiful landscapes and runs projects related to photography and software
engineering. On sunny week-days, you can usually find Jordy daydreaming in the park, listening to the wind, and taking pictures of cats. He keeps his updated portfolio on www.meow.fr.

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Aix Insolite et Secrète

couv_aixLa symbolique du cloître et les secrets de la cathédrale, les vestiges cachés des anciennes murailles de la ville, un souvenir de la prise de la Bastille dans les rues d’Aix, une rue interdite aux soldats américains, les maisons closes à Aix, les poils pubiens des atlantes de l’hôtel de Pontevès, la colonne qui guérit les maladies des yeux, des Cézanne cachés dans le grenier, Henriette le grand amour aixois de Casanova, Charles Trenet en prison à Aix, le dîner de cons : une invention aixoise, un moulin à vent devenu pigeonnier, un incroyable calcul intestinal géant en pierre, un fer à repasser-cadenas, un saint boiteux pour marcher droit dans la vie, Pauline Bonaparte qui prend des bains de lait d’ânesse, la capitale des coupeurs de tête … Loin des foules et des clichés habituels, l’ancienne capitale de la Provence garde encore des trésors bien cachés qu’elle ne révèle qu’aux habitants et aux voyageurs qui savent sortir des sentiers battus. Un guide indispensable pour ceux qui pensaient bien connaître Aix ou pour ceux qui souhaitent découvrir l’autre visage de la ville.

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Alberghi Insoliti Nel Mondo

Immergersi con le bombole di ossigeno per raggiungere il proprio albergo sott’acqua, dormire in un radar fuori uso dell’US Air Force nel cuore della foresta equatoriale, aprire il soffitto della propria camera per guardare le stelle, dormire su una gru portuale che si può far girare su se stessa, in chalet mimetizzati nella foresta, in una capsula di sopravvivenza di una piattaforma petrolifera, in una scarpa gigante, in una scenografia da fantascienza, in una bara, su un faro, su un albero, un aereo, un treno, una cappella, una prigione, un igloo, un cubo rosso sperduto nella campagna… Da una decina d’anni, numerosi sono gli alberghi insoliti nati un po’ ovunque nel mondo. Per non annoiarsi in hotel e non sciupare le proprie vacanze, ci siamo offerti il privilegio di recensire e testare alberghi eccezionali, davvero fuori dall’ordinario…

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Amsterdam Insolita e Segreta

Scoprite dove è stata ambientata la celebre «Ronda di notte» di Rembrandt, l’origine dell’invenzione del cognac, un insolito omaggio alle prostitute, decifrate le formelle, fate l’amore all’aperto senza infrangere la legge, visitate magnifici cortili nascosti, sciate nel cuore della città, diventate adepti del “boat-in”, versione olandese del “drive-in” e mangiate una pizza in barca…

Lontano dalla folla e dai cliché, Amsterdam conserva ancora tesori nascosti che rivela solo ai suoi abitanti e ai viaggiatori che sanno avventurarsi fuori dai sentieri battuti.

Una guida indispensabile per chi credeva di conoscere bene la capitale olandese o per chi desidera scoprire l’altro volto della città.

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Ámsterdam Insólita y Secreta

Descubra el emplazamiento original de la célebre Ronda de Noche de Rembrandt, el origen del coñac, un homenaje a las prostitutas, sepa interpretar los rótulos de piedra, haga legalmente el amor al aire libre, visite unos magníficos patios interiores, esquié en pleno corazón de la ciudad, hágase adepto del boat-in –una versión amsterdamesa del drive-in- y coma un pizza en su barco…
Lejos de las masas y de los habituales clichés, Ámsterdam guarda aún tesoros escondidos que sólo desvela a los habitantes y viajeros que saben salirse de los caminos marcados. Una guía indispensable para los que creían que conocían bien la capital neerlandesa o para los que desean descubrir la otra cara de la ciudad.

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Amsterdam Insolite et Secrete

Amsterdam

Découvrez l’emplacement historique de la célèbre « Ronde de Nuit » de Rembrandt, l’origine de l’invention du cognac, un hommage aux prostituées, décryptez les pierres de façade, faites l’amour en plein air en toute légalité, visitez de magnifiques cours intérieures, skiez au cœur de la ville, devenez un adepte du « boat-in » version amstellodamoise du « drive-in » et mangez une pizza dans votre bateau…
Loin des foules et des clichés habituels, Amsterdam garde encore des trésors bien cachés qu’elle ne révèle qu’aux habitants et aux voyageurs qui savent sortir des sentiers battus.
Un guide indispensable pour ceux qui pensaient bien connaître la capitale néerlandaise ou pour ceux qui souhaitent découvrir l’autre visage de la ville.

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Banlieue de Paris Insolite et Secrète

Une église dans une péniche, une table d’hôtes chez un garagiste ou dans un squat d’artistes, une piscine dans une citrouille, un cimetière pour chiens, des jardins potagers anachroniques, d’anciennes usines réhabilitées, des vestiges des Expositions Universelles, des coins de compagne insoupçonnés… Loin des clichés habituels sur la banlieue triste et morose, les alentours de Paris regorgent aussi de nombreux trésors cachés.

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Barcellona Insolita e Segreta

I segreti di Gaudí e della Sagrada Familia, prendere un taxi completamente nudi, un fantastico circuito per il modellismo ferroviario nascosto sotto la stazione centrale, una mano misteriosa, uno straordinario anfiteatro anatomico, un insospettabile rifugio antiaereo, un bacio mortale, un museo nascosto in fondo a un negozio, delle toilette decisamente speciali, fare l¹amore in un love hotel o su un elicottero, mangiare formiche e scorpioni…

Notte e giorno, Barcellona rivela i suoi segreti agli abitanti e ai viaggiatori capaci di uscire dai sentieri battuti. Ma bisogna sapere dove andare…

Una guida indispensabile per chi pensa di conoscere bene Barcellona o per chi desidera scoprire l’altro volto della città.

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Barcelona Insólita y Secreta

Los secretos de Gaudí y de la Sagrada Familia, un taxista que acepta pasajeros desnudos, dónde conducir un tren en miniatura, una mano misteriosa, un extraordinario anfiteatro de disección, un refugio antiaéreo insospechado, un beso mortal, un museo escondido dentro de una boutique, hacer el amor en un love hotel o en un helicóptero, comer hormigas y escorpiones.

De día o de noche, Barcelona sólo revela sus secretos a los habitantes y viajeros que se animen a salir de los recorridos habituales. Y para ello es necesario saber adónde ir.

Una guía indispensable para aquellos que creen conocer bien Barcelona, y para quienes deseen descubrir el rostro oculto de la ciudad.

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