I Won! I Won!
Last week, I won
Travel Photo Roulette #70: a long-running Travel Blogger photo competition meme.
My illustrious prize is the honor of hosting Round 71… which brings us to now.
So, drumroll my friends….
The theme of Travel Photo Roulette Round 71 is…. RUIN
A monk reading at sunrise in Bagan: the Land of a Thousand Temples
After recent visits to
Angkor Wat and Bagan, I have ancient ruins on my mind.
But “ruin” can mean so many other things.
The physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed.
So get creative. What photographic displays of
ruin do you have in your collection?
Abandoned barns and swimming pools in the ghost town of Two Guns, Arizona on Route 66
An 11 minute star trail exposure of Angkor Wat.
and the winner is…
The Winning Entry in #TravelRoulette Rounde 71!
Between the the symmetry of the windows, the tranquility of the hallway and my desire to peel the paint off the wall, I couldn’t get this photograph out of my mind.
So congratulations to Calli and Travis of Have Blog Will Travel. You’re hosting #TravelRoulette Round 72. Can’t wait to see what you choose!
In their words…
This is a shot from the Beelitz Tuberculosis Clinic outside Berlin.
With a storied history that includes Nazis and the Red Army, the place is as interesting to read about as it was to explore.
It’s rumored that Hitler himself sought treatment here during WWI. Today, the site is only accessible through organized photo tours and tons of pictures of it’s beautiful entryway are scattered around the web.
However, this is my favorite shot from our visit because of the way the vivid blue paint on the walls contrasts with the crumbling plaster and wood. It must have been a beautiful corridor when in use.
The site is ruined beyond repair, and seeing as German laws prevent it from being torn down and the owner can’t afford to restore it, the buildings sit empty, visited only by the occasional intrepid photo tour.
Everyone is a Winner
Wow. What an incredible selection of RUIN photography.
Thank you all so much for being part of the fun.
We were peddling our bikes as fast as possible and pulled down a dirt lane to catch this temple in a field in the setting sun.
The “Man This Was Tough” Award
I wish I could choose more than one!
This is the Tower of Refuge seen from the shore of the Isle of Man. The structure was built upon a reef in 1832. When the tide is low the ruin can be reached by walking but with a high tide, when the reef is submerged, the tower appears like floating on the sea.
Carneval on the backdrop of the ruins of Segovia’s magnificent Aqueduct.
The “Indiana Jones” Award
For photos that make me think of Sean Connery saying “JUNIOR!”
As the only Petra cat that posed dutifully rather than running up to headbutt the camera and ask to be stroked, I thought it deserved to feature here:
In July, we were finally able to cross Petra off our bucket list. We were understandably blown away by its grandeur and mystique, but we were also disappointed at the vast amounts of trash and graffiti that we felt ruined the ruins. The only way we could avoid the disappointment was to look up, above the reach of spray paint… Here’s an upward view of the Monastery.
The “I’ve Been There & Wish I Took This” Award
For photos that make me wanna go right back and try again!
I shot this at one of the temple ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand. I like the mixture of peace with visible destruction.
India is another amazing destination for “ruins,” ancient and modern. This photo is from the eastern outskirts of Khajuraho. The Hindu Mandir, Javari Temple in the background is part of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pig and chicken in the foreground are making the most of some more modern ruins.
Tanah Lot is Bali’s most important Hindu temple on the sea. Crowds tend to rage here around sunset, but you can beat em by showing up in the morning.
Tombs with a view! These old ruined tombs are part of a massive and ancient necropolis in Pamukkale, Turkey. They’re located right on the edge of the travertines (cotton castle) and just in front of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.
A few weeks ago I was in Sukhothai, Thailand, exploring its historical park on a bike.The park is a UNESCO heritage site, and is home to many ancient ruins. As I was walking around taking photos of the ruins, I came across this beautiful girl, dressed in traditional Thai clothing, posing for a group of Japanese photographers with the ruins as her background. I was sweating in the heat, while she looked absolutely perfect, even if I saw her wandering the park for at least another couple of hours.
Here I have combined 2 of my favorite things: ruins and reflections… the Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Reflection
The “Classic Ruin Shot” Award
For those great images that scream the word “ruin”
At the moment I’m travelling around Peru and its unbelievable how many ruins and archaeological sites there are in this country! Of course, none is as famous as the mind blowing Machu Picchu. I did a multi-day trek to get to the ruins and the feeling of accomplishment that I had when I stood on the hill above the ruins to take in the view was truly amazing! One of the highlights of my trip, for sure :)
We made a trip to Corregidor Island, outside of Manila, to see what is left of the WWII ruins there from the Battle of Manila. This photo is the very end of what is known as the Mile Long Barracks due to it’s incredible length. The ruins go on for what seems like forever, and we were also able to find the ruins of an old swimming pool.
Spent a frustrating morning trying to figure out how to get to Jerash, a city outside of Amman, Jordan, using public transportation. Totally paid off when I got to the site, smack in the middle of the city, and had some of the best Roman ruins practically to myself for the day. This columned boulevard made it too easy to imagine myself there more than 2,000 years ago…
The Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand stands ruined after a series of major earthquakes in the city. I’ve got plenty of pictures of iconic ruins like those in Angkor and Bagan which might look more impressive but this one is more personal to me as we lived through the Christchurch earthquakes as residents of this city.
The Urban Decay Award
For taking the word “ruin” into the 20th Century
Here’s mine. Harlem, NYC. A slightly abstract take on the theme in terms of the decay of society that this type of mural would be needed in a neighborhood.
Late last summer, I went on a photo shoot along US Highway 12 between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. As you get out of the prosperous cities, the abandoned farms and other structures pertinent to the way farming was done in the first half of the 20th Century increasingly dot the landscape. Processing this in black and white made me more mindful of the evocative photos of the Depression shot by such great American photographers as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
This photo is of ruined mine works on White Island – an active volcano island off the coast of New Zealand. From the 1880s through to the 1930s some hardy souls lived out here mining the sulphur for use as an antibacterial agent. The corroded ruins are testament to the tragedy of 1914 when a crater rim collapsed and the resulting lahar killed all ten workers then based on White Island. The only survivor was the cat.
I don’t know if this classifies as a “ruin”: the photo was taken at a cliffside temple in Uluwatu, Bali. Sadly, this particular piece of it was fenced off for construction, and this was as close as I could get! So maybe that’s where the theme comes in ;)
“As much as I’ve spent the past few years around ruins dating hundreds or thousands of years old, it’s the more modern abandoned places that catch my interest. The interior glows yellow and green thanks to light filtered through the trees around an abandoned building in a former railway complex outside of Berlin, Germany.”
I have visited Abkhazia a bit earlier this year while travelling in Caucasus region. Abkhazia has been severely destroyed during the 1992 war and never really rebuild. Some regions like Gali district have more ruins than actually ‘lived in’ buildings. This particular picture have been taken in Sukhumi, the capital city of Abkhazia. I have tones of other photos of ruins, majority of them in much worser stage, but there was something special about this particular, very lonely facade!
The “Funny Because It’s True” Award
Read the caption; then think about the state of the American Government right now.
If your approval rating is single digits, I think you fit for the category at hand.
The “Creative Focus” Award
I love the way the people are covered by an out-of-focus heat-haze
This is from the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan. There’s so much history in this area, inhabited since Bactrian times and the site of one of the world’s greatest massacres (Genghis Khan was a real dbag), and yet even after the fall of the Soviet Union and rise of the odd Turkmen dictator live still just sort of flows on around the ruins of Merv and the surrounding city of Mary. I like the shot because it feels so low-key to me, people just doing their normal thing on there way from place to place, yet the van and structures both evoke that sense of ruin and decay.
The “Am I in Another World?” Award
Seriously; this place feels like I’m on a distant planet… with tourists.
White Island is New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Just under 50km from the coast this sub-marine giant is a landscape of natural destruction and ruin. Geysers spew boiling noxious gases into the air and toxic lakes eat away at the ground below. Those brave enough can hike across the crater and during our visit we did just that. I likened it to a lunar landing, the terrain was so alien.
Thank you all so much for your submissions.
The Fine Print
Here’s the skinny: Winner of the last round of
Travel Photo Roulette (let’s call him/her X) hosts the next round on their blog. X picks a theme and invites players to submit photos over the course of one week. At the end of the week, X decides the winning entry. Repeat! Couldn’t be easier. Rules
One submission per blog
Post processing, cropping, correcting for red eyes and other flaws is fine for this round.
Abstract submissions are welcome. But if you want to win, it’s probably best that the judge understands your interpretation.
Hosts should keep themes general so all bloggers can participate. Avoid specifics like ‘Eiffel Tower’; instead choose a more open theme, like ‘monuments’ or ‘monuments at night’.
Abstract thoughts can be fun, as long as everyone can understand. ‘Overlooking creation’ is good, ‘Kafkaesque’ is not.
No obscene photos or themes allowed. Suggestive themes and photography might be accepted, but be careful. Remember, the host is all-powerful.
Themes may be reused after a period of time; however new photos must be submitted. Keep it fresh!
You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
Most importantly: ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
Spread the word about Travel Photo Roulette and use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette.
Last, but not least: It’s a game, so have fun with it.
An abandoned corner of Detroit, Michigan
Past winners and hosts
As you can see, this game has been going on for a while. Here are all the rounds so far. The list is a winners’ table as well, as each topic host won the preceding round. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see fab photos of the chosen theme.