Welcome to South Tyrol, a province at the northernmost point of Italy located entirely in the Alps. A rough, mountainous region, your tour guide through the spectacular vistas offered by this province is 23-year-old landscape and urban photographer Lukas Furlan.
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)
I was lucky enough to win this amazing book from Goodreads titled The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth. It is about a doctor who begins to investigate and study the anatomy of mythological and fantastical creatures. The photos shown are Dr. Black’s notes on the Siren.
I haven’t received the book yet, but the plot, the excerpt, and the gorgeous, detailed illustrations have heightened my anticipation. I can’t wait to dive into this book and I hope it won’t disappoint!
Photos courtesy of Mr. Hudspeth’s blog.