Urban decay is macabre and fascinating, but it can also be beautiful, as these photographs from BestBookmarks confirm. Like autumn, which a friend of mine calls “the season of rotting things,” the colors and textures of decay can be breathtaking.

What I find most interesting is that so many humans are drawn to the flaking paint and weathered patina of urban decay and are driven to photograph it. In cities hard-hit with financial woes, the availability of subject matter can only increase. Maybe the art of urban decay is a silver lining in the fiscal clouds.