Photographer's Note

I am sure we all get that feeling sometimes: "this is probably not going to be one of my popular TE postings, but I like it" - and sometimes I have been proved wrong with some great responses to work I thought was more personal than universal.

I wish I knew the story behind the deflated balloons on the floor: Humberstone is a ghost town in the Atacama desert - which has acquired UNESCO World Heritage status and is enjoying a second boom in popularity as a day-tripping destination.

It originally grew around a nitrates mine when the fertilizer and armaments industry made the dry, desolate North of Chile a premier investment destination. With the invention of synthetic ammonia, the industry collapsed - with management moving on to jobs in other industrial sectors and the miners moving back in to poverty in a jobs-poor area of the world.

The balloons and door in the background work for me on a number of metaphorical levels, but feel free to add your own story behind this picture.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-26
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-10-10 10:00
Viewed: 2750
Points: 44
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