Old, abandoned buildings 370.
(photo credit: EHAB ABOU HOUSIEN)
Haifa has always been considered the “bride” of the north side of this country;
the shape of the city geographically resembles a fair lady with a long dress
that flows into the ocean. Nowadays, however Haifa is experiencing the
phenomenon of “urban decay” (also known as urban rot and urban blight) – the
process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into
disrepair and decrepitude.
In these pictures I wanted to represent the
idea of an urban spectrum, starting with old, abandoned buildings and areas at
one end, with modern buildings and public figures representing the other end of
this spectrum. Streaming vehicles connect the two sides of the city with an
imaginary thread of light.
Old buildings blend in in a harmonious yet
contradictory way. They lend a city a special flavour, but on the other hand
attract less people to come visit and invest in the area, which in turn prevents
development or reconstruction. In another picture there is a busy government
building beside an old, closed up mosque. This plot is not usable as it is, and
that’s a waste.
The painting of the dancing woman was found on a main
street in the old city. The building is abandoned and in disrepair.
one is using it in any way, nor is the site being maintained.
were taken Wednesday in the afternoon and you can see the emptiness
representing the idea of decay.
In the last picture I wanted to represent
the other side of the city, the Carmel Center, always full of people of all
ages, with lots of places tourists and locals can make use of.
sides of the city call out for a connection, but for some reason this gap only
seems to grow wider. Too bad for a city considered a national
The writer is a photographer who lives in Haifa and loves to
explore the cityscape via photography.