4 months ago

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City

The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong’s safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in a place that was a true Hong Kong original.

1 year ago
Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

1 year ago

First photo is my bedroom. Second is from a lovely cabin facing the Pacific Ocean. It’s nice to have A Room with a View (Dover Thrift Editions). Testing my homebrewed AdSense.

I want to go to there.

I want to go to there.

1 year ago
A huge rock, revered by Buddhists and covered in gold leaf, that perches on the edge of a high mountain in Myanmar. Hiroji Kubota shows the sheer magic and power of the rock by cropping off its top. This golden precarious wonder sits dead center against a deep blue sky, its imposing size contrasted with six (small by comparison) crimson-robed priests kneeling to one side of it and the low dark hills below.

A huge rock, revered by Buddhists and covered in gold leaf, that perches on the edge of a high mountain in Myanmar. Hiroji Kubota shows the sheer magic and power of the rock by cropping off its top. This golden precarious wonder sits dead center against a deep blue sky, its imposing size contrasted with six (small by comparison) crimson-robed priests kneeling to one side of it and the low dark hills below.

1 year ago

The temples of Angkor. Cambodia

If, as Goethe said, architecture is frozen music, then Angkor Wat must be a celestial symphony. It was described by the first European to see it as a rival to King Solomon’s temple and that it must have been erected by an ancient Michaelangelo. It is simply the most spectacular ancient temple on earth—it’s mystical splendor a reflection of the genius of ancient builders. Angkor Wat has dominated the Cambodian plain for eight centuries. It has survived the passage of time, the double monsoon of the region, drought, and numerous wars. Facing west, unlike the other temples in Angkor, Angkor Wat is highlighted by its own contrasting shadows as it captures the last rays of the afternoon sun, a crown jewel in an unlikely setting. Its bas reliefs will surely continue to tell their stories for millennia to come. If the Angkor Wat is well-preserved, Ta Prohm has been reclaimed by the jungle. Roots ooze through stones, and trees have attached themselves to the crumbling buildings. Its fate has been literally entwined with the jungle. Somerset Maugham summed up Angkor Wat by saying, “I have not seen anything in the world more beautiful than the temples of Angkor.”

Photographs by Steve McCurry

2 years ago
Peewee Herman fans and regular travelers to nearby Palm Springs will recognize the dinosaur. (via)

Peewee Herman fans and regular travelers to nearby Palm Springs will recognize the dinosaur. (via)

2 years ago
Drop City was an artists’ community that formed in southern Colorado in 1965. Abandoned by the early 1970s, it became known as the first rural “hippie commune”.

Drop City was an artists’ community that formed in southern Colorado in 1965. Abandoned by the early 1970s, it became known as the first rural “hippie commune”.

2 years ago
Ayutthaya, Thailand: A partially submerged Buddha overgrown by a Bodhi tree in the ruins of Wat Mahathat temple

Ayutthaya, Thailand: A partially submerged Buddha overgrown by a Bodhi tree in the ruins of Wat Mahathat temple

2 years ago