Posts tagged “Abandoned

La Florida

I’ve written two posts now about the abandoned and ruined buildings to be found on the island of  Fuerteventura.   I’ve posted a very modern abandoned apartment complex, a much older and rather grand house and now Lal Florida, the oldest of the collection of ruins I’ve come across.  Each I believe representing periods of economic hardship over generations.

La Florida is a complete abandoned and ruined village.  Found on a very narrow road that links highways FV-30 and FV-511 there’s no way of knowing why the village was abandoned and left to slowly decay or even when that happened, I’ve not been able to find any information.

It was kind of eerie walking around these buildings that were once homes for families displaced.  It would be so nice to know where they went, what happened to them.  Perhaps it all came down to modern buildings that were much more attractive to move in to.  Life in these buildings, even complete, must have been harsh

It’s been extremely difficult to whittle these photographs down to a manageable handful.  This village of La Florida was a photographer’s dream.

I’m very grateful to Lynn over at BlueBrightly, who produces the most exquisite posts with beautiful photographs that always have an eye to detail.  These last few posts have been a bit of a departure for me and it is Lynn’s work that had inspired me to take this step away from the grand vista that has hitherto, always been my focus and look a little more closely at things within the landscape rather than just the landscape itself.

All the images I’ve taken before have featured graffiti.  There was no graffiti in the village of La Florida except in the final building I entered and it consisted of a perfect blue circle.  I have absolutely no idea of it’s significance but with the shadows and the colour, it was every bit as much a piece of art as that that I’d encountered previously.

What a view these people had from their homes once upon a time though..

I hope you enjoy these images.. :-)


Austerity

Austerity was introduced in the UK by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, following the 2008 financial crisis.  It basically means that the least well off in society pay, and are still paying, for the greed of the richest that led to the crisis in the first place.  Oops mustn’t get political again. :-/

Here in Fuerteventura, there is evidence of austerity through many decades from humble one room dwellings, part of an entire abandoned village, to once grand houses, reduced to rubble along with modern apartment complexes left skeletal and unfinished presumably post 2008.  I’ll get to those.  Clearly here, it’s not just the poor that have suffered from harsh economic times.

You can guess my next project.  I’ve set about, in between enjoying the beach and the fine restaurants, to document this in a photo essay and articles to be produced when I get home.

Here’s just a taste of what I’ve found in a few days.  I hope you enjoy the photographs.. :-)