March 11th, 2009


Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre photography 

(sorry for the text-only post, I didn't want to link to their images. Three sections - abandoned movie theaters, downtown Detroit, and East German industrial ruins for your abandonedplaces viewing pleasure...)

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies
and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at
some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires.
This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way
to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.

Istana Woodneuk

This place used to be the house of the Sultan of Johore.

For the little history, this house was first built in 1854, and was known as "Tyersall House". In 1860, a Malay sultan took over the property and the house was demolished. The new house, Istana Woodneuk ("istana" means "palace" in Malay) was built in 1890 and completed 2 years later. In 1905, it was badly burnt because of faulty electrical wiring. This house has been abandoned since 1907.

Location: Singapore

A few of my friends decided to check this place out. And it is really sad to see such a beautiful place being left in ruins.

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