“All photographs testify to time’s relentless melt”––Susan Sontag
A few years back, I came across a photo set of the Catacombs of Paris and the history nerd inside me took over. It was crazy to think about such an important historic site so well preserved and untouched in the middle of Paris. As I followed photographers of this genre (called urbex ) online, most were in Europe and capturing images of abandoned castles, cathedrals, and industrial sites. Urbex (short for urban exploration) studies the abandonment and decay of architectural structures in urban environments. Until I started looking, I had no idea that locations of similar interest could be found right in my own backyard. Luckily for me, my ‘backyard’ is filled with interesting spots to photograph if you’re into architectural decay.
I shoot both urban and rural abandonment and decay. I couldn’t pick one simple reason why I’m drawn to this type of photography. The adventure, the unknown and the solitude of these places is definitely a big part of it. I also love being able to share these places with people who would never have gotten to see them otherwise. This photo-historic record is surely a look into our past, but also an opportunity to glance ahead at what the future holds. This is what we leave behind and how the Earth reclaims it.
To see more photos of Urban Decay, check out my flickr collections:
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