Seeing & Looking
RUINS AND RUST is an original book of fine art, full-color printed photographs.
Portraying the hidden Bahamas in story and image, it explores abandoned rural ruins. These ruins have historical and social relationships that connect them to their surroundings. A ruin shows one thing clearly: the people who built it had strong beliefs and values.
Vigrant visions of abandoned lighthouses, churches and homes expand our knowledge of past cultures. Ruins are living history that let us see a variety of inspiring relationships between people and their land.
Photographing these remote island ruins, I was often surprised by the unexpected. Fixing a point in time was less important than spontaneity and surprise. Finally, adventuring into these ruins for photography enlarged my consciousness and gave me hope for the Bahamas.
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages