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SLIDE SHOW: Brian Vanden Brink's Ruin

SLIDE SHOW: Brian Vanden Brink’s Ruin
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Over the years, Brian Vanden Brink has stolen time from photographing the highly designed works of architects to focus on deserted homes, architectural ruins and their relationships to the surrounding landscape. In RUIN, Vanden Brink captures and illuminates in stunning color and black & white images churches, mills, bridges, grain elevators, storefronts, the 300-foot-tall chimney of a lead smelter, and the pitch-black depths of an Air Force plutonium storage vault. Through Vanden Brink’s lens, these structures become iconic, representing an America that was built and then abandoned. His photos capture the long, slow demise of structures that once held immense import and usefulness. With text by historic preservation and architecture expert Howard Mansfield, this collections of photos grants permanence to places that may soon vanish forever. This slide show represents images captured in Vanden Brink’s home state of Maine.

You can see more of Vanden Brink’s work on his website:

RUIN is available wherever books are sold or directly from Down East Books: or 1-800-685-7962.


Slide Show Instructions:

  • Hover over photo and click on arrow to advance the slide show.
Updated Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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