Photo Essay

Art in Abandonment

Let's face it... right now, photography is a fad. Amateur photographers are emerging from every nook and cranny of the planet. Whether good or bad, we are bombarded with a great amount of new work all over the world wide web.

While spending probably a little too much time online looking at photos after photos after photos, I've noticed a consistency that probably should've taken less than common sense to realize: most people like to keep it safe. You know what I'm saying; flowers, buildings, the family. These photographs aren't bad at all... Hell, the majority of mine would fall into those categories, but recently I tried something new. I found beauty in the most neglected places of my hometown.

Broken down machinery, a burned down train car, the nuts and bolts of rusty trailers... while being in the midst of it, I couldn't stop wondering what made these things so appealing to me. But after taking a few shots, and then a few more, I realized what was so amusing to me; I was finding attraction in the most overlooked and ignored places.

So many people can pick up a camera and take a beautiful photo of something that is already beautiful. However, I've seen that people are more intrigued by unexpected appeal than by something they've seen over and over.

My point is, challenge yourself. Step outside your comfort zone. Show the world that you're not just a part of the "fad." Take a photo that others won't expect and you'll find that there is a certain type of beauty in the art of abandonment.

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  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (16 Dec 2008):

    Very cool set of photos. Great idea and i agree with you about finding the beauty in the everyday and mundane.

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