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Abandoned House in Baabdat

December 6th, 2009

I came across another abandoned house in Lebanon. This time not far from our family house in Baabdat. This one is my mum’s find. She first came across it when on her way to a friend’s house for a visit.

On the day of my departure from Lebanon I felt I needed to get out of the house and do something other than pack, so I took my mum on a short trip to take some shots of the abandoned house.

Here are some of the resulting pictures.

Entry (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO200, 1/125sec)

The floor in each of the rooms to the left of the main door above had completely collapsed, leaving only a bare husk of a building. More about this below.

Baabdat House-2 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

I liked the look and colour of the broken tiles.

Baabdat House-3 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/50sec)

I was struck by the rich blue of the door. The fact that the door opened onto a series of floor-less rooms made for an eerie experience.

Baabdat House-4 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/320sec + flash SB900)

I wonder how that scarf got there…

Baabdat House-5 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Unlike the abandoned house in Batroun (and see also here), this house had very few possessions left over by the previous inhabitants.

Baabdat House-6 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/250sec + flash SB900)

That’s not to say there weren’t any possessions at all which were left abandoned.

Here we have a rotting sofa:

Baabdat House-7 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Some bottles and containers:

Baabdat House-8 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

And even a few coats left hanging on the wall behind the door:

Baabdat House-9 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Done exploring the inside of the house, I moved again outside to try and find different perspectives.

I liked the different kinds of stone the house was built of. The rich colour of the doors in these old Lebanese houses also called out to me.

Baabdat House-10 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Another aspect of old Lebanese houses that I love is the arches.

Baabdat House-11 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/200sec + flash SB900)

Not only had the floor in the top level of the house collapsed, but it seems the red-tile roof had collapsed as well.

I’m sure whatever could have been salvaged from it was.

Baabdat House-12 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/800sec)

The dead and dried creeping vine only added to the sense of neglect and loss.

Baabdat House-13 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/640sec + flash SB900)

This is a view into the lower level of the house, into which the upper floor had caved. The black of the walls suggest there might have been a fire at some point, which may account for some of the damage.

Baabdat House-14 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Next up, the Bangalore Wedding pictures you’ve all been waiting for!

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Abandoned House in Batroun – Part I

October 31st, 2009

So, as promised – Travel pictures from Lebanon and India!

After much thought I decided to start with shots from Lebanon – those of an abandoned house I came upon while wandering around Batroun.

So here goes. 🙂

The Entrance

Behind Door No. 1

More of what is behind Door No. 1

The Blue Room

The wall was such a beautiful blue! And the ceiling! It was made of individual square panels of intricately carved wood. Check it out below!

The Ceiling

The Pharmacy

Seems the house’s previous owner was a pharmacist…

Piling Up

The News Umbrella (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Broken Glass (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/5sec)

As you can see, the house contained plenty of beautiful abandoned things. Shots of some of those will be coming up very very soon!

Until then, take care!

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The Jerboa Has Landed!

October 27th, 2009

Right! I’ve returned from my trips to Lebanon and Bangalore, India with a sizeable wad of pictures.

I still have to sort through them all, but hopefully I will have lots and lots of great pictures to share with you in the coming weeks – including pictures of: abandoned hundred-plus-year-old Lebanese houses; ruins of age-old temples; the last day of the harvest and vintaging at a vineyard; a traditional Indian wedding (which totally blew my mind – probably the single most colorful and extraordinary wedding celebrations I have yet had the privilege to attend); and my other (non-wedding-related) impressions of the very beautiful, chaotic and noisy Bangalore.

With luck, I will have something substantial to share in the coming day or two. Meanwhile, I will leave you with a shot of the very first snake I have yet seen in Lebanon. In the wee hours one night I found this beautiful and colourful specimen lying in the middle of the road by my family house in Baabdat.

It was quite dead and being munched upon by a cute tar-black kitty, which unfortunately made a break for it as I approached. Oddly enough, try as I might, I couldn’t roll the snake over to take a better look at (and maybe picture of) it… Whatever I did, it invariably flopped back onto its back… It wasn’t too long, about 50cm in length, give or take, and 2cm or so at its widest point.

And no, no clue what type of snake it is.

Floppy

While you’re waiting for the coming posts, check out the first instalment of the awesome bullet-time-esque results of a very cool experiment undertaken by the one and only Trey Ratcliff.

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