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The Wreckage Of Progress pt. 2 by bdusen The Wreckage Of Progress pt. 2 by bdusen
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This is a three part series that chronicles the uglier side of Buffalo, the side which the city is primarily known for.

The city of Buffalo entered the 20th century as the 8th largest city in the US and being home to more millionaires than any other city. At the time the Buffalo-Niagara region, powered by the cheap energy of Niagara Falls, was anticipated to become an industrial megapolis that would eclipse New York City as the nation's larges. Factories like these, which lay out in a five mile stretch of brownfields on the city's southern edge, were the fuel that led to that growth.

History has shown, however, that things do not always work as anticipated. As water and rail travel became less important compared to air and highway travel, Buffalo lost her edge. Growth ground to a halt in 1970. Hundreds of thousands fled the city for the suburbs. Factories that once powered the city's economy now sit crumbling and decaying. Buffalo enters the 21st century as the 42nd largest metro area in the country, with a horribly poor inner city population and high unemployment. These crumbling edifices serve as a reminder of the mistakes of the past, and grim proof that even the most well run, successful, fast growing city can face ruin in just a few generations.
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SchwarzerDrachen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I love this
M0rt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Professional Photographer
We run a dark-ambient festival in Moscow, Russia. Its called Night of the Dead Photography.
There is a virtual exhibition of photos - they are shown on a big screen during music live shows.
It would be great to use this picture there.

1 Your name would be in the end of the slideshow like a list of people in the end of the film.
2 Please send picture as big as possible
3 we need anything darkmood and industrial (but not a portraits) so please if possible send us anything, that could fit.
4 tell about us friends.

I guarantee, that copyright will be yours, photos would never be printed or used anyhow without asking you.
May be would be in our livejournal community (notdp) not bigger than 500*500.

Sorry for spamming
ma1evolence Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
I've had this in my :+fav:s for a while now, and I fall in love over and over every time it shows up on my page.
gak Featured By Owner May 22, 2005
great shot, interesting composition...
ghaib Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2004   Writer
Great! :+fav:
K1LL14N Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2004
thats a pretty rad shot. i thought it was some crazy alien architextural landscape thing, until i clicked the fullview.
the b&w is smooth :thumbsup:
pixeltrap Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
stunning - i like your work
saucemonger Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2004
If I were not broke, I'd buy this as a print right now.
bdusen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
And to think they're telling us to RAISE print prices. :)
saucemonger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2004
Just what I want to hear. Woo!
invader-b0ris Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2004
The building looks like a gothic cathedral the angle add to the gothic look of the building also it's in black and white and well the clouds in the background look really sweet
dracoskhan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2004   Photographer
I'm liking this one the best as well. The textures on the side of that building look awesome. Great composition (i guess.. i'm starting to hate that word.. it's hard to really say what it means).. and those clouds _do_ look like a wave :nod:
guyasleep Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2004
composition is easy to remember -- it's how the picture is put together, basically. where things are placed. any prominent angles that are formed. where the negative and positive spaces are. :)
guyasleep Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2004
i faved this before i noticed what i'm about to point out... but those clouds under the connecting chute totally look like a breaking wave.
RomanCandidate Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004   Photographer
I really looked at all 3 in the series, this one is my favourite though the other two are good. I particularly like the composition on this one.

I also like the caption on this one a lot - great to read the history of the city and its decay.
bdusen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm a history major, so this kind of stuff fascinates me. :)
TeraRealm256 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004   Digital Artist
i like it!

I also like the little piece of history that went with it. I didnt know this about Buffalo NY
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