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Photographs by Brian Vanden Brink
Reprinted by permission from the September 2010 issue of Bangor Metro magazine. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.
Brian Vanden Brink is a Goliath among American architecture
photographers. You might not recognize his name, but hundreds of
his photographs have been published on the pages and as the covers
of dozens of magazines such as Architectural Digest, New York
Times Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Coastal Living, and Down East.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951, Vanden Brink moved to the
Camden/Rockport area in 1978 and started specializing in
Vanden Brink's photos are vibrant, telling, and in-the-moment. He
doesn't stage his shots or use any Photoshop trickshe doesn't even
have a light meter. He is obsessive and compulsive about the details,
which you have to be when your primary light source is the sun. The
demand for his photos is inscessent and intense and comes from a
global fanbase. And with results like these, we can understand why.
While his primary focus is on residential buidlings, the photos
featured here represent abandoned buildings across the country.
They can be found in his book, RUIN: Photographs of a Vanishing
America, published in 2009.