Urban decay has never looked so beautifully eerie. Hashima Island, or Gunkanshima (meaning “Battleship Island,” so nicknamed for it’s nautical shape), was a former coal mining community established in 1887. The mine was shut down in 1974 and the city abandoned. Now it has a new nickname: Ghost Island.
From an MIT exhibit called Ground Zero 1945: Pictures By Atomic Bomb Survivors, stunning and tragic pieces of art from those who witnessed the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. These have eerie parallels with some of the scenes of destruction we see in Japan today. WARNING: Many of these portraits are disturbing.
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