RESULTS: Dgrin Mini-Challenge #277 - Abandoned Architecture
This was one of the most difficult mini's I've had to judge. Not only were the entries full of interesting and well-done shots, the back stories were compelling and sometimes disturbing (exactly what I asked for). Thank you all for your entries - great job!
@JAG - I'll say it again, the satisfying symmetry of the collapsing mine nestled between the two peaks keeps me staring at this shot. And the story behind the abandoned apartment construction in Egypt - a case of construction gone wild coupled with poverty and rampant misogyny - interesting building/disturbing story!
@DavidRGillespie - Loved seeing the Haida Longhouse remains - it made me do a search on the Haida people and their architecture to see more of their story. The composition of your BW entry with the storage shed quietly decomposing next to that huge tree is wonderful.
@mongoose330 - Interesting shot of the sad little house in the Cape farmlands. And brave you flying over in a gyrocopter - were you piloting or a passenger?
@pegelli - Castle Ter Elst is still a beautiful structure, even though it is in ruins. And I love the BW shot of the Brussels back streets with all the graffiti and gaping window holes. (The Brussels shot was a little disturbing - I only remember the beautiful architecture of Brussels from living there a number of years ago )
@slpollett - Lovely composition and colors in the farmhouse shot, Sherry.
@BMW Kurt - Your BW shot of the Bryant General Store in Mississippi and it's horrifying backstory is very well-done. The building turning so ugly befits its history. The Taylor Chapel on the other hand is a beautiful story along with such an interesting building - and all the windows are still intact!
@grandmaR - The Montserrat volcanic ash shot depicts Mother Nature's fury and is so relevant to today's volcanic activity.
@bfluegie - The Hudepohl Brewery and Crosley Building photos are excellent. The Crosley shot shows urban desolation in a dramatic fashion with the size of the large building, the many missing windows and empty bays.
THIRD PLACE: @BMW Kurt
Taylor's Chapel, Trout, Louisiana. This was my family's church in Louisiana. We still have and maintain a family cemetery behind this building, but the church has been abandoned for decades. Surprisingly there is no vandalism or graffiti. >
_**SECOND PLACE: **_ @pegelli
Back streets of Brussels
FIRST PLACE: @bfluegie
Crosley Building, Cincinnati, Ohio
This building was built in 1928 and much of the styling is in the art deco mode. Most of that styling is on the front facade, and unfortunately, even with a 12 mm lens I could not do that justice because of the proximity of the buildings across the street. So I settled for the rear of the building looking forward toward the tower on the corner. The loading docks show where trucks could unload materials and load radios, appliances, and many more items. Possibly the Crosley automobiles were made here as well.
Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079V3RX6K