Monday, 31 March 2008

Population 0

Welcome to Planet Earth: Population 0.
This is what our world would look like without people.
The images were created to illustrate what would happen if human life ceased tomorrow, if, for whatever reason, mankind was obliterated.

Tower Bridge is falling down: A London landmark crumbles.

Fall of Rome: The Colosseum is destroyed as Italy's capital is engulfed in flames.

New York: Once magnificent skyscrapers would rot away.
Rust in peace: Made of steel, the Eiffel Tower, France's monument to the industrial age, teeters.

Last civilisation: The ancient Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Gaza would remain, while modern buildings would crumble.

Buckingham Palace sinks into decay.

Washed away: Harrods, London's premier department store, rots among derelict double-decker buses in flood waters caused by the bursting of the Thames barrier.

59 comments:

okasaneko said...

Really scary!

I had nightmares after watching "I Am Legend," not because of the nightstalkers but because of the implications of a decimated world.
Who are the lucky ones- the ones who survive or the ones who die early? Wish we are never put in a position to wish the other way.

Sass E-mum said...

Once read that after all the buildings have been swept away and traces of human life are eroded from the planet, visiting aliens could still be surprised to find golf balls gathered in lakes across the globe.

Not sure that's at all significant.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your shrek ears.

Kelley said...

Scary thought. Even worse in pictures.

But I notice no Aussie pictures, that is because we all survive cause we are awesome. And forgotten!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Amazing pictures.
CJ xx

PI said...

Maybe people aren't so bad after all.

Jen said...

Actually, I think that Buckingham Palace looks pretty cool with all of the weeds...it looks like Sleeping Beauty's palace or something.

Ever since I had my kids post-apocalypse stories are my least favourite though- I couldn't even watch I am Legend.

Suzy said...

If only we would stop killing each other in the name of war and other atrocities to each other.

Great post Casdok!

Love to you and C

Suzy

buffalodickdy said...

As a Sci-fi fan, numerous movies and books have dealt with this theme. We kiddingly refer to these movies as "Epoxy Lips" movies..Get it?

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

It always strikes me that no matter what we humans do nature in the end will always claim it back and probably quicker than we struggled to build it and at no cost . . . .

Kahless said...

Cool pics.

What caused the fires in Paris?

katy said...

I watched this and it was totally fascinating, just to think that if it did happen that nature would reclaim the Earth, it looked lovely but I for one sure hope it will never happen!

DJ Kirkby said...

Erm...I think the after pictures all look quite pretty and peaceful...except for the one where Rome is burning.

lastcrazyhorn said...

Ditto to the nightmares after I Am Legend. That movie freaked the hell out of me, and I think this is one of the reasons.

Rosie said...

I have just finished rereading john wyndham's day of the triffids, which has worn well considering it was written in 1951. It describes chillingly the post apocalypse landscape of London, these pictures could have been his illustrations!...all is transient eh...

Dave Coulter said...

Yeah, I think these scenes are somewhat inevitable...but I'm not waiting up nights.

It would be surprising if we humans hang around as long as say, trilobites.

But look - we're having a lot more fun than those trilobites ever did, based on Mel (or Albert) Brooks films alone!

:)

laughingwolf said...

we're really not doing much good to the planet, anyway, are we?

Rosie said...

I cant find an email for you so I will pop this in here:
I am working for a brief time with some autistic children, of very varied abilities, performing music with them. Because I am there on a temporary basis to replace another musician, no-one has bothered to talk to me much about this, other than to say go play and sing what you like and dont bother too much if they dont participate! Is there anything that you and your readers would want to say, from the parents point of view, about what you would like to see happen (or not!)in such a situation. They are all so different that my common sense has adapted what I do. The extremes run from one who loves drumming and percussion, and likes to hit himself on the head with a tambourine (yes I noted your post about concussion) to another who sticks his fingers in his ears when the volume is at all raised above a whisper, and yet another girl who can perfectly sing back any phrase that I throw at her.
I have had carers who say, "dont get them too worked up, it is too loud, what are those screams", and others who say, "great they are participating" . I find myself torn between wanting them to enjoy themselves on their own terms and feeling guilty because I may not be doing enough to reinforce skills they will need to make life easier, like making eyecontact..and so on. But its alright to spread a bit of joy too isnt it?

G-Man said...

What a wonderfully upbeat post Casdok!!!!
Jeez!!!!
I hope you are in a great mood....G

TEOM? said...

Ouch.

nitebyrd said...

Those pictures are terrifying yet strangely beautiful to me.

ChainingMagic said...

Those pictures are very thought provoking!

captain corky said...

I sure hope we don't get obliterated any time soon. That wouldn't be any fun at all.

Mima said...

I don't mean to sound alarmist, but it is the real fear with global warming, the predictions about where we could very easily end up are terrifying, and would certainly lead to population decimation. Somehow the words have managed to become part of our vocab without the real meaning sinking in.

Dr.John said...

The world survives or would survive without us. The video was produced by the son of our last Pastor.

Akelamalu said...

Scary but I suppose if there was no-one here to see it, it wouldn't matter.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Yes, I saw that documentary. Where did all the people go, I wonder?

Dianne said...

that gave me the chills - especially the crumbling skyscrapers of my beloved Manhattan.

Debs said...

What a scary thought. Quiet though.

Billy said...

I saw something very similar on Discovery Channel (I think) called AFTER HUMANS. Was fascinating!

Jade said...

Very strange to look at. I myself don't see it as scary, more interesting than anything. Fear is a living emotion, if non of us were here to witness it, there couldn't be a development of fear lol <--- over analysis.

Interesting how humans build, maintain and can destroy things so easily..

Mrs. C said...

LOL I read the end of the book and it won't quite happen that way. Lotsa bad stuff in store, though.

I liked the pic of Buckingham Palace, too. Looked kind of like it belonged in South America. They're discovering new sites there all the time that were covered in foliage!

Cyndi said...

That reminds me of the movie I am Legend with Will Smith...have you seen that? It's out on DVD now. I really liked that movie.

Casdok said...

Yes i saw it, i especially liked the scean he did of the Shrek movie!!

Melissa said...

That desolation is scarier than almost anything else--except those stalker movies where the lady is home alone, completely vulnerable and exposed.

Flea said...

What a sad view of the world. Do we, as a people, wish the obliteration of our race sometimes? But only after out own death? It sure seems that way.

R.E.H. said...

Those are some frightening images. Yet, they are beautiful somehow...

Patti said...

What a concept.
Pictures are eerily fascinating.

Would there be any animals?

E said...

Well this was cheery.
It's this Godawful unrelenting gray winter. We are all morbid as hell....

Traceytreasure said...

Wow! I never looked at it this way before. We turned all of our lights off for Earth Hour but Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards were on. So, we shut down everything except for two TV's and a DVD player. I hope by turning off our lights we still made a difference. I hope the next time there's an Earth Hour, they plan it around some crappy shows and not on our Movie Night! Hope you are well...hugs!

Jack and Joann said...

It would be hard to imagine a world without people. But I could imagine several things that could cause it: global warming, nuclear attacks, an untreatable world flu, etc.

Thanks for popping by our blog. Hope you have a
peaceful day. And keep blogging your thoughts.

Jenster said...

Creepy and interesting all at the same time.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

kind of scary to think of

motherx said...

Yes I saw these! spooky! like something out of a horror film, when you expect all these zombies to come running after you! Imagine that...

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Strange, but I don't find it scary. I think we deserve to be obliterated - we don't look after the planet and we kill each other!!
M xx

Ron said...

WOW, Casdok...absolutely chilling and beautiful at the same time!!!

AWESOME photos, dear lady...just awesome!

Thanks for sharing this WOW post!!

Suburbia said...

Scary..... but better?

Elissa said...

Certainly thought provoking pictures... will be the subject of some interesting discussion in our house!

Sandpiper said...

I keep envisioning The Planet of the Apes! :) I do love these images!

Vi said...

Lets just hope it never happens.

citizen of the world said...

Appropriate follow-up to Earth Hour. We sure can do a lot of damage to this beautiful home.

Sweet Irene said...

The images are so well done that they have a romantic quality and you think, yes well, why not? Is that so awful? I am a bit of a doomsday thinker, I guess, and I would just worry about nature surviving, you know, Gaya, Mother Earth. Living things.

CrazyCath said...

Wow - these are powerful images! How were these generated? These are great shots Casdok.
Excellent again.

Jim said...

After watching the Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, I am Legend, and many others, you just never know what will happen to this world.

Great pics.

Jim

Sandy C. said...

Very frightening images and thoughts. The Eiffel Tower and New York rotting is so sad.

willow said...

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leslie said...

Reminds me of the movie "I Am Legend" that I recently saw. Extremely horrifying, to say the least.

titration said...

This is what I'm posting on my blog tomorrow for world autism day. Have you seen it?


http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2008/03/in_my_language.html
http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-03/ff_autism

Angela said...

Where do you get all this stuff

Lots to think about

Anonymous said...

this is all great point's of view, but at the therms we live on today people will never go along.
We will kill each otter thil therse no more to kill, and it's also posibol that the eart can be destroyd
by the human race, but in the end i don't think eart will clam our world back, but it's just waiting for us to
destroy our selves, and some day i think we will.

But great pictures, and it's great you have made a blogg that let's people tell eachotter what they have on theire minds.

And yes , i think "I Am Legend" was
a great movie, it's acctuly not inposibol that a deadly virus could
destroy us somday neither.