Still Life in Urban Decay: Memory-Invoking Photography

Urban decay is all around us, I don’t think there is a country in the world that doesn’t have some kind of urban decay. It’s a sad fact of life.

However, we can try to find the beauty within the destruction. Sometimes the old saying holds true: Beauty is more than skin deep.

In this round-up I have gathered some images of urban decay that incorporate still life. I have chosen these photographs to invoke memories… albeit not your own memories – if you really get your imagination going with these images, the whole experience can be quite sad and moving.

Still Life in Urban Decay

Lee Plaza
Lee Plaza

Lost Souls
Lost Souls

Urbanidea
Urbanidea

Out There
Out There

Out of Use
Out of Use

Lost Hat
Lost Hat

Urban
Urban

Cravatte
Cravatte

Urban Decay
Urban Decay

Urban Decay in Albany
Urban Decay in Albany

Decay (not for the faint hearted)
Decay (not for the faint hearted)

Came across this giant teddy…
Came across this giant teddy...

Keys to the Past
Keys to the Past

Window Pain
Window Pain

Untitled
Untitled

Salve Mater
Salve Mater

Ste-Clo 008
Ste-Clo 008

Basket of Decay
Basket of Decay

Krampnitz
Krampnitz

Memories
Memories

Detention
Detention

Please wash your hands
Please wash your hands

The doctor will see you now
The doctor will see you now

Abandoned Building, Camp Washington
Abandoned Building, Camp Washington

Urban Decay
Urban Decay

The Sanatorium
The Sanatorium

Modern Ruins
Modern Ruins

Pills Over Here
Pills Over Here

Through the Screen
Through the Screen

Made for Eternity
Made for Eternity


Yes, urban decay is a way of life, but how often do we really look deeper, beyond the surface destruction and desolation to the life and vitality that was once present in such places?

Please leave any comments or acknowledgments for the photographs/photographers below.

Carol

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1 Comment

Su Hall

about 3 years ago

How cool is this? Each of the images is like a min-drama all it's own. Images like these are so intriguing. Thank you for the great post! Su

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