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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:06 AM

For over 40 Years, This Guy Photographed the Same Buildings as he Watched them Decline



We all see familiar buildings in our neighbourhoods change over the years, but what if you photographed them from the exact same spot, documenting them over a time span of over four decades? That’s exactly what Chilean-born photographer Camilo José Vergara did. Focusing on the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America, Camilo returned year after year to re-photograph the same places, becoming “an archivist of decline”. Here is a brief look at the space and time he has tracked…

link: http://www.messynessychic.com/2016/10/26/for-over-40-years-this-guy-photographed-the-same-buildings-as-he-watched-them-decline/?utm_content=buffer70abd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I'm an amateur photographer, and architecture is one of my genres. so I love these photos. It's sad to watch buildings die though.

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Reply For over 40 Years, This Guy Photographed the Same Buildings as he Watched them Decline (Original post)
Boadicea Mar 20 OP
rampartb Mar 20 #1
Boadicea Mar 20 #3
Squeek Mar 20 #6
News2Me Mar 20 #2
Boadicea Mar 20 #4
Squeek Mar 20 #5
Boadicea Mar 20 #7

Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:49 AM

1. i have lived in this neighborhood, on and off, for 65 years

my wife nearly as long.

we often ask each other "what used to be on that corner?" or "where was that again?"

i wish i had been photographing all along ....

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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:51 AM

3. Me too!

I live in a rural area...at least it was, but is now being developed with cookie cutter subdivisions. I remember fields and wooded areas for miles. Now it is filled with two toned beige houses....

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:38 AM

6. Ugh

cookie cutter subdivisions!


I'm rural too, and in the 21 years I've lived here, there hasn't really been a whole lot of new construction. Only one new home about 1000 feet from me down the road, and from the looks of it, the poor thing might end up rotting away because it seems to be cursed. The owners got a divorce shortly after it was built, one of the sons committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train, and then the husband just died last year (he wasn't that old, either). It's been on the market at least five years. Lovely home and property, but...

Anyway, the reason for the lack of new construction...the terrain.

Rocky. Hilly. Lots of clay soil (poor drainage). Streams and waterfalls. No real business or industry nearby. You have to drive at least 20 miles in any direction to find work unless you start your own business.

You have to have a certain type of personality to live out here.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:46 AM

2. Well, that could be addictive.

Great photos.

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Response to News2Me (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:52 AM

4. I love this guy's work. nt

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:23 AM

5. Buildings...

I love buildings too. But not modern ones. I love the old houses...brick factories, etc.

It really is sad to see them decline and die. That's why I get excited when older buildings are renovated. One town near me has a lot of brick factories that have been been fixed up and now they contain offices and the like. Sometimes the old factories will be turned into apartments and condos with the brickwork still exposed on the inside. If I had to live in an apartment, that's where I would go.

Old homes, too. My favorite are the Victorian homes. I once lived in a renovated Victorian that was absolutely beautiful...it was large enough for the owner to rent out parts of it. And the entire area was historic...in fact, the home I lived in was on a street made famous by Dr Seuss in his book, "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street"

There really were mulberry trees on that street, and the birds ate them and shit mulberries all over whatever cars were parked along the street.

Anyway, there's an old house nearby me from 1769 that is slowly rotting away. I see it every time I go into town. It's heartbreaking. I don't know who owns it, but I wish the town Historical Society would do something for/with it.

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Response to Squeek (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 05:54 PM

7. I love ancient buildings, victorians

And cemeteries. The older the better. When I was a girl, there was an old, rotted house that we had to walk by to catch the bus. It had a big oak in the front. We would scare ourselves silly about that house being haunted . Maybe that's where my love of those houses came from:seeing it everyday. I went through there not long ago, and the house is gone as well as that centuries old oak and in it's place is a god awful ugly red brick rancher with a quad garage and southen magnolias that are planted too close together. It's a real shame. They could have at least kept the tree.

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