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books – strange journeys with stark abandoned images left behind…
June 6, 2011, 9:49 am
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Into The wild

Christopher McCandless

The Bus

Aerial Photo

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

Donald Crowhurst

The Teignmouth Electron

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The Ruin Hunter in abandoned Russia
March 7, 2011, 2:23 am
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The abandoned ski lift…

Amazing photos taken by Dmitry Chistoprudov close to Kirovsk, Siberia – see more photos here.

The abandoned castle…

Original article fon one of my new favourite blogs  Dark Roasted Blend here

More amazing abandonment including power stations, whole cities in Siberia, Antartic bases  etc here

Abandoned castles and mansions of Ireland here and incredible inner-city abandonment here and even some Perth abandonment here

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The Ruin Hunter discovers Abandoned Ireland
January 29, 2011, 1:19 pm
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Abandoned Ireland is an amazing book full of splendid ruins and an even more amazing blog for extra photos and updates from the book…

Check out the great 360 degree panoramas – you are there with the Ruin Hunter…

…and for more splendid ruins see this Blog Entry

red castle – castle of dreams

if you look closely in at the window design you can see its the original rooms from the 60s below

Strangely I was thinking about the Red Castle over the weekend given it was Halloween and was wondering if it was still there? –  so I took a spin out to Rivervale to try and find it and oh my god it is still there!! – but now in full abandoned glory. Unbelievable for Perth I know that it has survived even it its abandoned state – it has been due for the bulldozer for ages now.

So with a few snaps of my own I trawled the web to find some others and have collated some of them here to create for you this atmospheric trip down memory lane….

…but wait there is more… the Function Room looks like it could still ‘function’ (check out the shot through the window and the Knight in armour) – so I am making some enquiries… lets get King Arthur’s revolving restaurant revolving again – anyone want to host a party with me? – THE Party!!

Sadly the main hotel complex has a reputation for being very dodgy – some amazingly sleazy interior photos to be found here

UPDATE: After the initial post Rodney one of the head honchos back in the day made contact via Worst of Perth and provided a glimpse into the pure style that was to be found back in the 70s in Rivervale!!!

“There was no Beef Wellington, but we did Steak Dianne at the table, Chateaubriand, whole smoked salmon carved at the table, flambéing crepes suzette, flaming coffees and liqueurs were all the go… especially Irish coffee ..All the waiting staff were in dinner suits and white aprons .. very European and even more so after I employed several New Australians. The restaurant was full every day and night for years… also the Bistro which was the original steak house associated with the original Motel… had great character with wood. With the new accommodation block came the new restaurant. I held court in the cocktail bar most nights… 

Definitely meuniere was on the menu. I used to have a regular Friday am breakfast radio ring in ad, based on the “revolting restaurant”. It was the table cooking that made the place … with a flick of the wrist, may I say.

 Rock bands used to stay there … it was not until years later that I ran into a few of them again and was informed of all the pot smoking, huddled under blankets in the suite”.

UPDATE: After years of neglect and being known as a complete dive the beginning of the end came in 2012 and a fire on the top floor of the main building followed by redevelopment – only the heritage turret remains in the new apartment complex today…


Massive respect for the photos I found that I have included but actually belong to others…

Thanks – The Lazy Aussie – The Red Castle occasionally gets a mention on the Worst of Perth including the wine list from the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table revolving restaurant.

Thanks – Bendog – ‘Photographer to the Stars’ (see Flickr) and a friend of his who actually took photos at a party a few years ago – I wish I had been there!!!

Thanks – Penny Lane for the incredible crumbling castle model shoot featuring Emma Bergmeier-Varian more here

Especially Wymlog for this post and its extensive photo set 

Thanks also Matt Banks and iKacy  and others who took photos you can see on Flickr


Beauty in Ruins – Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
August 7, 2009, 10:55 am
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As Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre explain it …

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.

Urban archeology & modern ruins photography.

Portfolio of Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre 2

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre 3

Ruins of Detroit - building

Ruins of Detroit - building 2