The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Abandoned Places #5


Maunsell Army Sea Forts
(River Thames/River Mersey, UK)

8 comments :

Mark said...

Video of one the forts in use by the military in the 1950s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XZvn-KdaOA

And a more recent documentary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXkYmohtsSg&feature=related

Someone else can cover Sealand!

Jeff Duncanson said...

I love this series, Kimberley!

Cinebeats said...

I'm glad people are enjoying the images!

I used to be into urban exploring years ago and I want to start doing it again so I've had "abandoned places" on my mind a lot lately.

It's amazing how many large structures are just wasting away when you consider the homeless problem, etc. I hope this series will somehow help promote causes close to my heart. Recycling and historic conservation.

swac said...

Who designed these, HG Wells?

VicDiesel said...

Fantastic images!

Timmy said...

God, I wish I was there. Dying. Alone.

R.H. said...

What marvellous targets.

comrade J said...

design by Guy Maunsell