Unreal Estate: The Eastern Shore

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In Unreal Estate, the photographs of Robert de Gast reveal what "isn't so simple" about the abandoned buildings of the Chesapeake's Eastern Shore. His striking color photographs of ghostly houses and weathered details illustrate the powerful hold architecture has on us, even when a building no longer serves its purpose.

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De Gast [has] found a way of seeing beyond the eyesore to the poignance and mystery. Wood frame houses are artlessly bent and warped into Louise Nevelson sculptures. Chimneys sprout coarse beards and unruly hairstyles of wisteria and ivy. Devoured by vines and leaves, a rough-shingled house stands in spellbound solitude, an enchanted cottage in a grim fairy tale.

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