The Beauty Of Urban Decay

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The city is a fantastic source of beauty and inspiration, with all the glitz and glamor glistening beneath the city lights. But there is another side of the city altogether, one rife with its own kind of allure. Across the tracks, away from the dazzle of downtown, lies a darker imagination, this one looking to grunge-ridden, dilapidated architecture for inspiration. There is a beauty that pervades this kind of urban decay and captured wonderfully through a photographer’s well-trained eye. These industrial city scenes are wonderfully dark and offer a glimpse of the weathered face beneath the city facade.

In this inspirational installment, we take a tour and show the charm of a more neglected and worn side of the city. We showcase the beauty of urban decay, a series of photos of this eroded elegance that photographers have captured brilliantly. These gorgeously grungy images have a haunting appeal, a stirring quality that radiates from within and that earned them a spot on this list.

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35 Beautiful Examples Of ‘Urban Decay Photography’

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“It never ceases to amaze me the different colors and effects you can achieve in a boring concrete R.C.P drain.”

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Magnus Lindqvist8
“Your Worst Nightmare”. “This is a bit different from what I normally shoot. I had this shot in my head for a very long time but it wasn’t until last weekend I finally shot it. The only light source is a shop light behind the door. The place is very narrow and kind of creepy. I had to make sure that the door behind me stayed open or it would have locked me in.” Lexington, Kentucky.

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*pippyzz*10
Fuckin’ days.

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Escapista12
That Train Don’t Stop Here Any More.

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fotografie.berlin14
“This Picture is not photoshopped. It’s real. Don’t really know how and why they made it.”

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GraemeNicol16
American Dollar.

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Mr. Mark18
Classic Blues in Cuba.

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trocker20
“Sienkiewicza”

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Shifted*Exposure22
Sun Beam.

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stOOpidgErL24
“Where Was God That Night”

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photosecosse26
Nevada City, Cart and Cabin, Ghost Town, Montana, USA.

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Jano De Cesare28
Corner mood. A corner in an abandoned asylum in Pistoia, Tuscany.

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picaddict30
Highgate Cemetery West London. This beautiful statue lying there as if it would be alive had to be covered with branches. (a wish of the the relatives) but the guide was so kind to clear the grave a little bit for us. I have never seen before in my life such a beautiful touching statue…

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Salton Sea – Bombay Beach – Broken Solitude.

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Aldeia de Mora – Vimioso, Portugal.

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Years of decay.

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Darwin Bell38
Rusty but proud.

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DanielKHC40
“Tyersall House”.

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“The Lonely Steps”.

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Curtains, a tattered old curtain hangs through the broken panes of glass in this abandoned old house.

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Door, Sobral de Monte Agraço – Portugal.

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Wolfgang Staudt48
Decay – the door in a hospital, Saarbruecken, Germany.

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sheke15450
“Somebody’s Bad Luck”

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Ride My Pony52
Corner Desk.

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Bells Piano.

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Gundross6856
“Postnuclear”

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La Chartreuse. It’s a beautiful abandoned fortress in Liege, Belgium.

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phill.d606
“It never ceases to amaze me the different colours and effects you can achieve in a boring concrete R.C.P drain.”

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Pavel Horak62
Industrial Documentary: The Stain.

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Timothy Neesam64
“Broadway”.

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“You are beautiful”. This building is just a mile or so from downtown New Orleans, on the bank of the Mississippi.

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Gundross6856
” Postindustrial beauty”

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A.Guandalini70
Inside an abandoned country house, behind closed windows.

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Eric Matthew Gustafson72
“Steel Office”

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Dan Dumitriu74
“Post-modern burial”

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Last Click

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“levels of initiation”

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For the last click, we present the image that got this entire ball of inspiration rolling. “A Moment Suspended In Time” was the picture we found that sparked this whole showcase being put together.

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“A Moment Suspended In Time”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/14/the-beauty-of-street-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/19/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/2517647364/in/set-72157605040581984/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlindqvist/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlindqvist/2343437550/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/pippyzz
  11. 11 http://flickr.com/photos/pippyzz/770743488/
  12. 12 http://www.escapista.net/
  13. 13 http://flickr.com/photos/escapista/2564527764/
  14. 14 http://flickr.com/photos/fotografieberlin/
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/fotografieberlin/2352225023/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/slavers/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/slavers/241603109/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/mark_boucher/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/mark_boucher/115250451/
  20. 20 http://trocker.pl/
  21. 21 http://trocker.deviantart.com/art/Sienkiewicza-82807711
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/focusshift/
  23. 23 http://www.shiftedexposure.com/?showimage=207
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/stoopidgerl/
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/stoopidgerl/103742938/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/2947672350/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/janodecesare/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/janodecesare/2854914549/
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/renate-eder/
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/renate-eder/1321743461/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/tofu_minx/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/tofu_minx/2295721904/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/anasilva/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/anasilva/2840993726/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/bsidez/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/bsidez/454511329/
  38. 38 http://flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/624544600/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/danielcheong/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/danielcheong/364479286/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/melomimo/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/melomimo/1863941967/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/scottod/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/scottod/2312706177/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/ins_bexiga/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/ins_bexiga/248721454/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/wolfgangstaudt/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/wolfgangstaudt/3016915882/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/22795056@N03/
  51. 51 http://flickr.com/photos/22795056@N03/2799437489/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/photos/charlesbodi/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/charlesbodi/2333603608/
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/22795056@N03/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/22795056@N03/2797971946/
  56. 56 http://gundross.deviantart.com/
  57. 57 http://gundross.deviantart.com/art/Chair-72928743
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/bsidez/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/bsidez/131450267/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/2239912324/in/set-72157605040581984/
  62. 62 http://www.pavelhorak.com/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/photos/vincent_vega/502207298/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/neesam/
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/neesam/438101096/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/briantmurphy/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/briantmurphy/2473034404/
  68. 68 http://gundross.deviantart.com/
  69. 69 http://gundross.deviantart.com/art/Postindustrial-beauty-74295597
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/36236696@N00/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/36236696@N00/540458922/
  72. 72 http://www.antilimit.com/
  73. 73 http://er0k.deviantart.com/art/Steel-Office-102524158
  74. 74 http://deepho.co.nr/
  75. 75 http://ftpaddict.deviantart.com/art/Post-modern-burial-76915725
  76. 76 http://serret.deviantart.com/
  77. 77 http://serret.deviantart.com/art/levels-of-initiation-20395945
  78. 78 http://www.stawiarz.com
  79. 79 http://angelreich.deviantart.com/art/A-Moment-Suspended-In-Time-49319626
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/groups/decayed_yet_haunting/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/groups/decay/pool/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/groups/urban_fragments/pool/
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/groups/indecay/pool/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/groups/urbanexploration/pool/
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/groups/some_urban_decay/pool/
  86. 86 http://flickr.com/groups/abandoned/pool/
  87. 87 http://browse.deviantart.com/photography/civilization/?order=9
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/groups/aboutberlincity/
  89. 89 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/14/the-beauty-of-street-photography/
  90. 90 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  91. 91 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/19/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  93. 93 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/

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Rob Bowen is a staff writer for Web Hosting Geeks and Top Web Hosting, a longtime freelance designer, and burgeoning videographer and filmmaker whose creative voice and works can be heard and found around the web.

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  1. 1

    Some absolutely fantastic pictures here! Is that old theatre/cinema interior the Jesmond Cinema in Newcastle? I could be totally wrong but have a feeling I’ve seen a pic of the inside before. I used to walk past it every day while I was at university. It’s a great old building. Either way, your pics are awesome!

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    zachery chinevere

    March 9, 2011 10:50 am

    i love these pics even tho many may not like urban decay but who cares because not all areas should be nice

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    I really wish someone had told me I was featured in smashing magazine. At least I could have bragged about it while it was still fresh.

    It’s the thought that counts and I’m glad the image made the cut. :)

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    Jackeline Westerholm

    October 14, 2011 11:59 am

    I don’t even know how I finished up here, however I assumed this submit was once great. I do not recognize who you might be however certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you happen to are not already ;) Cheers!

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