the beauty in decay

As creative people we are always searching for things that will inspire us. The pure existence and perseverance of nature and culture, can create such fascinating environments for us to observe and document. Exploring the environment – the good, the bad, and the ugly, can inspire – color, imagery and dialogue.

The photographic documentation of urban decay has taken on a huge following on the net. In fact, the places that many people consider eye sores – can also be quite beautiful. For those of us who find beauty in decay - it's often entirely due to imagination. How the complexity of an environment can allow our minds to run wild. How we can project emotions onto objects and into buildings. Photographic documentation is a great resource for creative people.

I shot these photos a couple of years ago at Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia. Eastern State's organization chooses to preserve the decay – the result is a photographers dream! (F.Y.I. - the hospital scenes from 12 Monkey's were shot at Eastern State). If you are ever in Philly - plan a visit - and see what beauty in decay is all about.

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