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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Fifty Eight: Man and nature -- expressing our relationship with the environment > Ruined store, Volcano, California, 2008
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Ruined store, Volcano, California, 2008
18-MAY-2008

Ruined store, Volcano, California, 2008

Volcano is a tiny village dating back to the Gold Rush of the 1850s. Many of its original buildings are still standing, but I found the ruins of the community store the most beautiful of its subjects. It was late in the day, and the setting sun was backlighting the weeds that stood within the walls of the ruin. The door framed the translucent weeds, which contrast to the textures of the old gate and stone walls. A tree grows out of the doorsill, while ivy covers the top of the wall. Nature has come to reclaim the work of man here, and does so in a poetic manner.

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Phil Douglis27-May-2008 00:30
And I love the way you put it, Alina. ("nature taking advantage of human absence.") This is why I love to go to old towns that have not been restored to look like they looked when they were new. I much prefer to shoot rust and ruin, because it brings the past into the present. I also enjoy seeing how nature deals with the works of man once man departs. In this case, it is putting on quite a show for us.
Alina26-May-2008 23:43
Oh, Phil what a finding. Very beautiful and very poetic. The nature is taking advantage of human absence. Perfect light also. Love it!
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