I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
–Percy Bysshe Shelley
Blank Windows stare and nothing stares back.
The goths have sacked Rome, and only the vandals remain.
Despair, decay, destruction.
Doors to the past hold memories for the future of what was, and might have been.


8 responses to “Fallen Ruin”

  1. aged digital photos! 😛

    1. Hah. Yes! I’m playing with the Nik collection for post-processing.

      1. it is too bad all the good grain emulations are gone…

        1. Well, the HDR emulation is odd. But the Analog isn’t terrible. I’m not a huge fan of grain, usually. But I wanted to get a more gritty feel for some of these. Plus, it’s fun to play.

          1. are you starting from RAW images?

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    The Other Sean

    Great photos. The two of the Crosley Building are particularly cool. The tower portion housed early broadcasting facilities. If I understand correctly, during WWII the folks working down below produced about a quarter of all the proximity fuses used by the Allies.