Any visitor to Arthur Drooker’s online portfolio can see that this American photographer only has eyes for ruins. For his latest work, Lost Worlds: Ruins of America, Drooker roamed the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America in search monasteries, temples, fortresses and other remnants of past civilizations. In the way that Drooker conjures their memory, the investigation takes on an almost mystical quality: “Photographing ruins merges my passions for history and photography. I'm drawn to these sites to commune with those who came before us, preserve what they left behind, and restore what they've built to our collective memory. In this act of creation, I confront my own mortality and become most alive.”
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