Sunday, December 5, 2010

“There is much beauty here…”

Urban decay is defined as “a process by which a city or part of a city falls in to a state of disrepair.  Signs of urban decay include population loss, housing stock deterioration and increases in crime.”*

Rainer Maria Rilke said, “There is much beauty here, because everywhere there is much beauty.” 

The challenge is to find beauty in urban ruin.  Is there beauty in empty, boarded-up buildings, signs of poverty and ruin?  Is an abandoned and deteriorated area even a suitable photo subject? 

I think that Rilke is right.  There is beauty in urban decay as it speaks to the human condition and to the struggles we deal with perpetually.  I like to think of what these places once were…the lives and dreams that stood in them and passed through them.  And I like to think that maybe someday they may be reclaimed because resilience is definitely beautiful.


 Hardwick, Massachusetts
Albany, New York

Dayton, Ohio

Ware, Massachusetts

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