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    Posted: 25 March 2019 at 13:38
No, it's not another day of "vacation depression".

It's a phenomenon which struck me when spending my vacation time on the Canary island of Fuerteventura: ruins. Fuerteventura has two major centers of tourism, Corralejo and Costa Calma. I avoided the latter completeley and the following images show only ruins, derelict and abandonded places located in the Corralejo area.
After the financial crisis of 2008 a lot of housing constructions on the Spanish mainland failed - the bubble burst. With some delay this also happened here. The number of retired people moving to the sunny parts of Europe dwindled - due to the crisis. The British retirees - the largest expat community here - were hit particularly hard by the weak pound, the British government's refusal to update foreign-paid pensions in line with inflation and a downturn of the British housing market. I mention this only if someone is looking for causes.

#1 Derelict apartment hotel on Coco beach, Corralejo



#2 The devastation is considerable



#3 The street view - it almost looks nice from this perspective



#4 Behind the wall



#5 Behind the wall - in the background the island of Lobos which is natural reserve



#6 Behind the wall - again with Lobos island


Immediatly adjacent (inland) to this derelict hotel one finds a huge abandoned construction site

#7 Overwiew South



#8 Overview North



#9 Detail



#10 Frames



#11 Stairs



#12 Frames



#13 Packed with concrete



#14 A look into the ground



#15 Vista



#16 Stairs and stories


The last ruin in this series is located on the coast road to Corralejo. The ensemble originally should have become part of large luxury marina complex which was never built. Today it is inhabited by squatters.

#17 Abandoned development



#18 Murals



#19 Dusk scene


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Edited by waldo_posth - 25 March 2019 at 23:04
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Well captured series Harald, and the "sad" B&W processing fits the mood of these ruins perfectly.

My favourites are 10 and 11, but also 19 with the tire tracks has something special.

In general, what a waste of energy and capital, all these half built and torn down complexes. It will for sure have deepened the crisis and made a lot of people poorer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2019 at 15:36
Yes, sometimes B&W is indispensable. Well captured.
Can't select favourites, as have seen and can still see too much such of unfinished buildings.   
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Harald, this is an amazing series.
The B/W shots like 10 and 11 are fine compositions around stairs.
The whole series in B/W doesn't make a happy impression. But B/W was a perfect choice here.
The endless rows of unfinished and abandoned buildings speaks.
As Pegelli said, this must have made many people poorer, where they stepped in for profit.

All in all an impressive set with 1,7,10 and 17 as favorites.
I hope it added to your Holiday fun
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2019 at 16:10
B&W is perfect for this subject and the conversion style really works - drab and desolate. The halos on the hill in #'s 3 and 5 are a bit distracting. #10, and it's tighter brother from the same scene, #11 are to my eye the exceptional compositions in the series. But it's #17 that grabs my eye the most - barren, remote, etc. and letting the eye go further into the background than can be done in #19 makes it, for me, the preferred shot of the two. Very well done series.
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This could be the state of the state of Florida in a few years. Due to increasing insurance costs because of the increase in storm damages in recent years many retirees are now moving north. And due to rising sea levels many well to do residents are now looking to buy or build inland and move away from their beachfront homes and condos, it's already at the point in the Miami area that once a month there is street and house flooding during the full moon high tides.
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Stuiskr are you a Floridian? Just asking cause I am. I like locating all the Dyxum floridians. Orlando for me.
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

This could be the state of the state of Florida in a few years.


This was the state of Florida circa 1975 when I lived in Miami and the building boom went bust and you could see almost these exact same scenes but inland as new apartments and condo units were being constructed towards the west of town, the only place to expand at the time, and then abandoned at the midpoint of construction (same has happened in Houston, Texas on several occasions as oil prices soar and then drop dramatically).

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Most has been said, but it's e very nice set. For me #3 is on top of my list. TFS Harald
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2019 at 19:40
Thank you all for the kind comments - very much appreciated!

There is a move inland and to higher ground here as well.

Roger: #3 and #5 have been (as the others) a quick and (too) dirty job (amended versions posted). Some halos are real haze - what one can see behind the island of Lobos is the neighbor island (of about the same size as Fuerteventura), Lanzarote.
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Hi Harald,

This is a really fine series on so many levels; it shows both urban sprawl and decay in equal measure - we often long for ruined buildings as photographers to explore and record the decay and gentle submissions back from whence they came.in this case, there's no such feeling, due, in the main part, to the quick and brutal form of building that was used and which will long outlive us and our future generations I suspect.

With so many images (expertly taken and so illustrative I have to say) it's hard to select any one as a 'favourite' - if anything, they should serve as a reminder to the 'get rich quick' brigade of builders to not overstretch demand and supply I suppose. Pushed, I;d have to go for #'s 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 16 and, especially, 17 as my select few from these. #17 is a particular favourite as I find the feeling of isolation really amplifies what was wrong with this as a development from the very start almost.

Thanks for sharing these and I hope it didn't create too much of a 'Black Dog' mood whilst you were there!

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Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Stuiskr are you a Floridian? Just asking cause I am. I like locating all the Dyxum floridians. Orlando for me.


No, only time I've spent in FL was for layovers at MIA on the way to St Croix when I was working refinery turnarounds but I do have many family and friends there. They're in Orlando, Clearwater and Satellite Beach (works for NASA)
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#18 makes me think at "the planet of the apes" - combine that with the ruins and you get a strong series. I'd be a perfect scenery for a sequel, don't you think?
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Harald,
What a miserable testament to greed, poor planning, probable corrupt development application approvals processes, and ultimately the ruin of lots of contractors, investors, suppliers, and the environment. Perfectly depicted by you in stark and gritty B&W.
You would think the local government authorities should either arrange to have these skeletons recycled or demolished but presumably there is no money to do either.
As images go I really like #17 and #19.
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