Wednesday, 30 September 2020

THE ELBE: AND LOVE AMONG THE RUINS*

 

Mysterious  Factory? Offices?  Wittenberge in the district of Prignitz, Brandenburg 

A garage on main street   Wittenberg - along the River Elbe in eastern Germany 

Going through some snaps the other day I came across a series taken in May 2017. That year, with friends, I travelled along the River Elbe.  Extract


This great river was the border with the former DDR. It bore exciting some points of interest, especially sites of ruins and abandoned places.  

I am glad I took photographs.

 

Recently, reading of Jonathan Meades’ Museum Without Walls published by Unbound Books, has provided a damascene understand of why we (well some us) find the neglected so alluring.

 

A telling two extracts from the book here:

 

‘Everything is fantastical if you stare at it for long enough, everything is interesting. There is no such thing as a boring place.

 

And

 

‘Ultimately they are expressions of an incurable topophilic, of a love of places, which are what you find when you’re on the way to somewhere else.

 

Taken from Museum Without Walls published by Unbound Books 2012  All copyrights and ownerships acknowledged.

 

 



Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future is a 1953 novel by Evelyn Waugh.

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