Wonder and enchantment are two words that spring to mind when viewing the world through an infrared lens. Whatever your personal photography taste, there's no question that infrared imagery spices up bland everyday life with a touch of the serene, and the surreal.
The main thing about road signs is that they're not supposed to be funny - which makes the following 20 examples all the more amusing!
On May 17, 2006 the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was sunk off the coast of Florida, becoming the world’s largest artificial reef. This article, including 41 great images, examines Oriskany’s naval career from construction to the Vietnam War to her final fate as a haven for marine life and recreation spot for divers.
Scotland’s ancient islands, the Outer Hebrides, are a repository of history, mystery and enigma, from ancient man to the tough farming folk of more recent centuries. The transition from paganism to Christianity is evident in the stone circles and ruined churches, while the combination of Norse and Celtic influences give the islands a unique feel.
Boneyards are strange and often fascinating places, where yesterday’s high technology rusts away until the time comes for it to be turned into Coke cans. The process can take years, and during that time all manner of junk may be amassed – some of it not what you’d expect!
While her days were numbered from the outset, Titanic was a legend during her own lifetime, and has become increasingly immortalised ever since. In this article, we take a look at the famous liner’s origins, from the abandoned Drawing Office and slipways of Harland & Wolff to the murals of east Belfast and the awesome Titanic Quarter that is rising from the dereliction.
For thousands of years, human beings have successfully adapted to their environments and coped with some of the toughest challenges that nature could throw their way. But some places are just so wild that after several millennia, hardy settlers have little choice but to abandon their homes
They say that pictures speak a thousand words, and these amazing images prove the old saying beyond a shadow of a doubt. In this series of pictures, the viewer is transported on a journey of the imagination through the history of these old houses and the memories drifting within their walls – some of them physical, others left to the individual.
For decades after World War Two the superpowers stood poised on the cusp of potential nuclear war. But have you ever wondered where the missiles would have come from, or what became of them?
South Georgia Island emerges from the ocean just north of Antarctica, making it one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on Earth. With no native population whatsoever, it’s little wonder the island’s abandoned settlements and ships remain as they were when the last whalers moved out – albeit rusting and slightly mysterious hulks of their former selves.
The Houston skyline reflects a glittering and modern city – the fourth-largest in America, a huge port, home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and losing out on the most Fortune 500 companies within a city’s limits only to New York. It’s hard to imagine that this bustling metropolis – incorporated in 1837 and named after General Sam Houston – has a forgotten side.
Recent Articles On Abandoned Subterranea, Shipwrecks & Towns Posted by Tom on 12/27/09 • Categorized as Best Of 9 ► Retweet If you browse the Best Of category you’ll find the Top 10 (and, in the spirit of transparency, the Bottom 10!) posts of Urban Ghosts Media’s first three months. In that same vein, here’s a selection of articles from the last two months
The planet’s seabeds are a treasure trove of history, where the natural world mingles relatively undisturbed with man-made artifacts lost through the ages. Shipwrecks naturally spring to mind when we ponder such places, but what about other objects that have found their way into the sea? A complete aircraft is always a coveted find for divers.
Derelict churches and places of worship can be found all across the world. The reasons for their abandonment are countless, from increased secularization and local population decline, to changing demographics and even war. But there’s no question that urban decay bestows a mysterious atmosphere upon these once welcoming structures.
In photography, there’s no denying that having a good subject certainly helps. But skill with a lens will elevate that subject to new heights. In this series of pictures, Reinante El Pintor de Fuego captures the Monastery of Sant Cugat in Catalonia with exquisite results.
Ever wondered what happens to a state of the art aircraft at the end of its useful service life? For those that don’t go on to museums, fate is often dealt out by the unforgiving arms and jagged claws of mechanical diggers. And while it’s a crying shame when it happens, it’s certainly an impressive sight to behold…
Railway stations are often vast structures teeming with life, which makes them all the more fascinating when they’re left abandoned and forgotten. There are multiple reasons why such places fall into dereliction, from war and natural disaster to a shortage of the resources that many towns grew up around. Here are five awesome abandoned stations which illustrate this point…
Once upon a time, pleasure piers were the jewel in the crown of Victorian seaside resorts. In the days before package holidays, these elegant structures reaching out into the bay were at the forefront of entertainment, with their funfairs, ballrooms and cafes hosting hundreds, if not thousands of people, each day. Sadly, many have long since been demolished, while others cling to life dejected and abandoned.
The first ever infrared photographs were published in the October 1910 edition of the Royal Photographic Society Journal to illustrate a paper by Robert W. Wood, who had discovered the unusual effects which became known as the “Wood Effect”. The end result, as you can see from this selection of mysterious images, is to give seemingly normal subject matter an enchanting, dreamlike appearance.
As many people know, the local pub is the cornerstone of British culture. Not only that, the country itself is rather old, meaning you can pop for a pint at establishments formerly visited by the likes of King Richard the Lionheart and Oliver Cromwell. Here is an assortment of medieval ale houses to whet your appetite as we near the weekend.