Thursday, 1 April 2010

Where ships go to die

When racehorses retire they spend their days frollicking about in lush green paddocks eating carrots and sugar cubes.
For ships, retirement is not such a pleasant experience. Out of service and abandoned ships end up rotting away at Nouadhibou Bay in Mouritania - the world's largest ship cemetary. In local parlance, Nouadhibou means 'where the jackals get fat'. It's a pretty grim place.
Photographer Jan Smith went there to 'seek beauty in what was left to be forgotten'. Artists are always doing this sort of thing - there isn't a burnt out car in Dalston which hasn't been papped to death - but, on this occasion, Smith finds what he's looking for ...

Via Good Magazine

Photo credit: Jan Smith

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