In the 1920s, Villa Epecuen was established as a tourist village along the shore of Lago Epecuen, Argentina, famous for its therapeutic powers thanks to salt levels second only to the Dead Sea.
It became a bustling resort and by the 1970s the population was more than 5,000.
At the same time the Lago Epecuen began to swell with increased rainfalls and in 1985 the enormous volume of water broke through an earthen dam inundating much of the town under four feet of water. By 1993, the town was covered in 10 meters of water.
Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface.
Pictures by Juan Mabromata
Troll Jones, everyone.
Take some notes.
no petrol required
I visited Japan in November 2011 for the exclusive purpose of urban exploration on Hashima Island. The island, completely abandoned since 1974, sits in the southwest coast of Japan in the East China Sea. Only a few people have been able to access the island for the purposes of urban exploration photography. We were fortunate to be the only people to ever get 8 hours of uninterrupted access to the island.
“Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima or Gunkanshima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island), is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself.
The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned concrete buildings and the sea wall surrounding it.” ~wikipedia
“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”
World’s Most Beautiful Abandoned Places
Italian product manager and web designer Francesco Mugnai recently added a collection of images to his blog touting some of the most beautiful images of abandoned spots and modern ruins that he’d ever seen. The images Mugnai has captured come from empty castles, shuttered power plants, and dilapidated churches around the world. From a sunken yacht in Antarctica to a forever-closed amusement park in Japan, these images all make up a sort of anti-phoenix; rather than rising as new from the ashes, these husks remain preserved in decomposition, forcing viewers to confront the strange beauty of ruination.