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.
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