Beautiful Decay: Three Collections

Beautiful Decay: Three Collections

Norwich State Hospital, Piano\"New England Ruins\"Rob Dobi, 2005Three quietly stunning collections of photos mix the ache of loss with the unintentional but undeniable beauty of decay. First, Rob Dobi's \"New England Ruins\" documents abandoned buildings in various states of abandonment. Norwich State Hospital, Piano (above) captures a broken piano, its innards undulating like the skeleton of a grilled trout, under a crude mosaic of the Dutch countryside. Amidst charred parquet and blackened wood, d'Orgeval found instances where displays were virtually untouched or only half-consumed. But her only complaint was about the cold: \"I don't recommend sitting on a gargoyle in the middle of January, naked.\"

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