Modern Ruins: Alexander Gronsky

Alexander Gronsky is a landscape photographer, sort of. Yes, there are trees, hills and often water in his pictures, but there is also concrete, steel, and a barren emptiness. These places, these urban landscapes that Gronsky photographs are afterthoughts, byproducts of manufacture and consumption. Still, there is something almost hypnotic about them that I find both fascinating and inviting. What happened here? Factories and apartment buildings once teeming with life are now abandoned – modern ruins waiting to be reclaimed by the environment. While they may no longer live here, people still visit to picnic, swim and sunbathe. The photos play like scenes from some bizarre post-industrial collapse fairytale. I could go on about it, but this is work that you really need to see, rather than read about. Whether it resonates with you or not, it is likely to elicit some sort of reaction.

If you like the work of Alexander Gronsky, be sure to visit his site. While you are there, check out the series Endless Night, which reminds me of film stills from some sort of Cold War era Tom Clancy-esque military thriller. All images © Alexander Gronsky.

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