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.. :-)
I mentioned in my last post that there was clear evidence of periods of economic hardship on the island of Fuerteventura over generations. This building I think is evidence of the latest.
Sitting on a roundabout just outside Correlejo in the north of the island just a couple of hundred yards from the sea, I found this abandoned apartment complex. I imagine the project was abandoned post the 2008 financial crisis but I can’t be sure.
No doubt in the UK, and I expect in many other countries, such a building would be surrounded by security fencing with ‘Warning Keep Out’ signs and probably a picture of a German Shepherd dog or two about the place. But, luckily for me, the graffiti artists and the Ashram Yoga people, this building isn’t. Nor incidentally are the many others I have spotted around the island for future photography.
I mention the Ashram Yoga people as they appear to be squatting in the building. I’m glad to see that it’s being used at least on some level. The people there have built a little ‘garden’ and with the toys scattered around it, there are clearly children here. Whether they are just using the building during the day or living there, I couldn’t ascertain. I didn’t want to go prying and left that part of the building largely unexplored.
Perhaps if I go back, I’ll ask some questions. I’m sure I heard hens clucking away in one of the rooms in this part of the building, cut off to prying eyes with makeshift hessian sheets. Perhaps if I go back, I’ll make a documentary photographer yet.
One thing to note about taking these types of photographs, one needs a wide angle lens. I’ve been using my Sony A7R with a 24-70mm lens. Although at 24mm, this isn’t as wide as my Nikon 14-24mm can give, one still gets distortion that cannot be corrected with lens correction in Lightroom alone.
The answer is to take the photograph into photoshop, select it and then under the Edit tab, select ‘Distort’ You can then pull out the handles from the selection and correct the wonky pillars and the buildings appearing to head uphill where no hill exists. I did do a tutorial on this some time back. This is the link to a post entitled ‘Converging Verticals’. https://cornwallphotographic.com/2014/04/07/converging-verticals/
I hope you enjoy this particular set of images. These were tricky images to take, the interior ones at least. I didn’t have a tripod and even with the very light Sony, these days I need a shutter speed of 200 at least to get a sharp image and in low light, that’s not easy, but they came out OK.
Buildings photographed within this wonderful landscape (I am predominantly a landscape photographer after all) will follow. This particular building though just kept on giving. It’s difficult to take in the waste. Who lost money? Pension funds that invested? Pension funds funded by people like you and me? I can’t say but I can take a pretty good guess.. :-)
When my friend Marianne was visiting last week from the States, she needed to visit and bank and coinciding with a rainy day, I thought a trip to Truro wouldn’t go amiss as we could visit the cathedral. This isn’t the first time I’ve posted pictures from the cathedral and I don’t suppose it’ll be the last. It truly is a very beautiful building. I just wish I could get them to turn the awful electric lighting off.
I’ve left the pictures fairly large to allow you to zoom in and enjoy the detail. Just click on an image to take a closer look. My apologies to those of you with a slow Internet connections, it’ll take a while to load the pictures but I hope worth the wait..
I used a small aperture in the image above to give me the longest possible exposure allowing me to lose some of the visitors to the cathedral that kept walking through my shot. Shooting at too small an aperture can soften an image but life’s all about compromise, as is photography.. ;-)