Glamorized Desolation

Tribute is being paid to dilapidated structures and locations
Implications - Consumer culture has become more polarized, with emphasis placed on the run-down and less fortunate. In particular, artists are documenting images of abandonment by seeking out desolate locations, structures and people, insinuating a societal need to withdraw from material possessions, extravagant lifestyles and the shiny and new.
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Abandoned Shopping Malls - Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
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Viral 143,752 Clicks Pub: Dec 13, 09
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
The shocking images of abandoned and decayed retail and big box stores in this gallery were captured by artist and photographer Brain Ulrich. Ulrich’s contemporary artwork has been showcased in several… [More]
Unsettling Imagery - 'Dyssomnia' by Andrey Rogach Gives Me an Uncomfortable Feeling
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V. Hot 26,341 Clicks Pub: Feb 21, 10
Unsettling Imagery
'Dyssomnia' by Andrey Rogach Gives Me an Uncomfortable Feeling
'Dyssomnia' by Andrey Rogach definitely freaks me out. At best, I feel uncomfortable, yet I can't avert my eyes from these shots. Andrey Rogach does a wonderful job of creating a creepy mood. The shots… [More]
Humanized Urban Portraits - '(In)vulnerable' by Steef Veldhoen Mixes Models & Abandoned Buildings
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V. Hot 24,128 Clicks Pub: Jun 21, 10
Humanized Urban Portraits
'(In)vulnerable' by Steef Veldhoen Mixes Models & Abandoned Buildings
These portraits by Steef Veldhoen are part of a series called '(In)vulnerable,' which seeks to add a human face to the urban portraits we've seen so much of lately. Typically, these shoots feature abandoned… [More]
Abandoned Photography - Fabiano Parisi Focuses on Human and Industrial Waste
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V. Hot 35,051 Clicks Pub: Dec 1, 09
Abandoned Photography
Fabiano Parisi Focuses on Human and Industrial Waste
Sometimes it’s not about people or nature, sometimes we need to take in our own abandoned creations and reflect on its forsaken beauty as Fabiano Parisi does with his photography. There is a poignancy… [More]
Isolation Photography - The Haunting Photos of Stephan Opitz
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Hot 24,632 Clicks Pub: Apr 5, 10
Isolation Photography
The Haunting Photos of Stephan Opitz
German photographer Stephan Opitz has a knack for capturing isolated moments on his camera. These lonely moments are enhanced with lack of color, which can cause you feel slightly sad when viewing them.… [More]
Dilapidation Documentography - Jake Dobkin Captures the Real New York
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Warm 6,052 Clicks Pub: Apr 1, 10
Dilapidation Documentography
Jake Dobkin Captures the Real New York
As in love with the city of New York as I am, I naturally fall prey to the 'tourist syndrome' in that I have never really seen the 'real New York.' But thanks to Jake Dobkin, that has changed--at least,… [More]