Grandiose Decay

The collection of photos by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre are mesmerizing and romantic in their baroque beauty; the decaying Detroit buildings they capture seem to beckon us to wander through their crumbling ruins, to peek into their dark corners for ghosts -- both the historical and paranormal varieties. But there is also a lingering, deep sadness attached to them, sadness for what there once was and has been lost...I'm particularly fond of them, because I come from not too far from Detroit and I can remember going there & seeing the buildings!


Michigan Central Station

Atrium, Farwell Building

18th floor dentist cabinet, D. Broderick Tower


United Artists Theatre

Vanity Ballroom



I wish to leave you with a fragment from Charles Baudelaire's poem "The Flowers of Evil" (in English) in which he mourns, not the old, crumbling buildings of Paris, but the new, modern construction that began taking over the city in the mid 1800's. He already saw the new city as a collection of impending ruins:


"The old Paris is gone (the face of a city
Changes more quickly, alas! Than the mortal heart)

Paris changes, but nothing of my melancholy
Gives way. New palaces, scaffolding, blocks,
Old suburbs, everything for me becomes allegory,
While my dear memories are heavier than rocks..."




Have a wonderful weekend dollfaces!!
xoxo

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45 comments

  1. great photos! ;)

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  2. WOW!! THese are fantastic, every single image has a life of it's own. Thank you for introducing them to us!

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  3. OMG! in love with photos.. what a place.. amazing

    xx

    Have a great weekend :)

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  4. These are so awesome. There's so much detail in these photos and unconventional beauty, I love it!

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  5. These photos are amazing. Where are you from? I'm from near Detroit as well! I'm following now and looking forward to reading more posts. Stop by my blog some time and say hi (and follow back if you're interested).
    Sarah
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  6. Imagine taking photos in these places...they are perfect for such an occasion. Magical indeed. I am struck by these images...just hauntingly beautiful. Oh, and I just read that your dress in your last post was vintage...it is a fantastic find. have a great day beauty doll. dawn Suitcase Vignettes xoxo

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  7. I loved these and know the buildings. I heart Detroit.
    I'm having a MAJOR pang of Michigan this week.
    XOX Tracie

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  8. Decayed but still so pretty, in a sad and beautiful way! Happy friday doll!

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  9. this was so beautiful <3

    x jamie

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  10. Detroit was once such a majestic place. I am from southeastern michigan and still live here. It makes me sad that those beautiful buildings are abandoned - but they are still quite grandiose.

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  11. Wow these places are scary but beautiful! Love the photos like always! I hope you have a wonderful weekend pretty lady!

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  12. Oh wow! i love abandoned places - theses are amazing!

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  13. i actually really like the artistry in these a lot.

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  14. Really beautiful photos... I can't even believe they're real! I kind of like that Detroit has been left a disaster though... not for the poor people who live there, obviously, but it's such a glaring symbol of the effects of outsourcing and segregation and bad urban planning. :D It helps illustrate a point.

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  15. how interesting. and so beautiful in their own way.

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  16. just love that first picture, i had to look twice to see what it was... cool!!

    zz

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  17. I ADORE the beauty in decay - these pics had me at hello - lovely Kizzy, have a great weekend
    Axx

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  18. W-O-W. I'm floored. These are beautiful.

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  19. Abandoned buildings are always so hauntingly beautiful. Love the new site design by the way.

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  20. these are amazing!!! these places have so much to tell...

    have a nice weekend!

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  21. Great pictures,love them and love Paris.Kisses from www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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  22. Goodness, what truly beautiful photographs <3 It is such a shame that they are all decaying!


    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  23. You always feature some of the most amazing photos! I can't get enough of the United Artists Theatre!

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  24. Grandiose decay is the perfect description!
    I didn't know you were from around Detroit - how cool!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  25. What gorgeous photos. That dentist's room is pretty scary though! I love Baudelaire. xx

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  26. Gorgeous, crumbling buildings. Thanks for posting these images and Baudelaire's verses. That United Artists' Theater looks like something from a gothic novel.

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  27. These are such amazing images!!!
    Hope you're having a great weekend!!!
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  28. woah these photos are sick! so awesome! :D

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  29. Love this...so different yet beautiful in all its imperfection!
    xo
    Sharon

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  30. It is so horrible what's happening in Detroit. There's so much in ruins there. I hope it bounces back and even better. Thanks for showcasing these Kizzy. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
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  31. This blog post has stolen my heart. Such richness of beauty even in decay. The theatre is especially stunning!

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  32. the photography is just amazing!

    xoxo
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  34. such a visually inspiring blog!

    Sophie x

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  35. Oh my goodness. I feel like I have visited Michigan's Central Station. It looks so familiar. These places are so eerie.

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  36. Awesome pictures! Love the United Artists Theatre one!

    All the best, ~Angel

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  37. By far one of your best posts. It took a lot of research to gather all these gems, I know. What intrigues me is, some of these relics might still be standing . . .

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