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Old 06-20-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Atlanta (Finally on 4-1-17)
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I like old decaying industrial sites/buildings. Buildings that once were robust in their prime and housed Americas greatest manufacturing facilities. Is this odd?

Like this image below---These are my favorite pics to take:

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Old 06-20-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Not at all. In fact, a lot of photography clubs will use 'Urban Decay' as a subject matter for friendly competitions.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I like old decaying industrial sites/buildings. Buildings that once were robust in their prime and housed Americas greatest manufacturing facilities. Is this odd?

Like this image below---These are my favorite pics to take:
No, it's not. What is most important is for you as a photographer to tell the viewer the best story possible of a subject. It does not matter what camera you use, be it a pinhole camera, a cellphone, a tablet, and so on. What matters is how others feel when looking at your photos, and how close to your feelings they are.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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No, it's not. What is most important is for you as a photographer to tell the viewer the best story possible of a subject. It does not matter what camera you use, be it a pinhole camera, a cellphone, a tablet, and so on. What matters is how others feel when looking at your photos, and how close to your feelings they are.
Agreed!

I really like this subject.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Photographer Niki Feijen makes a living out of it.. I've loved his work for a while and follow him on FB

Niki urban decay photography
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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It's actually a pretty popular pursuit today. If you do some search there are quite a few people taking great pictures of "urban decay" today.

There is even a term for it. Urbex. Urban Explorer.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Google urban exploration or urbex and you will be amazed at the thousands of people that do this. There are a lot of sites on the subject. Most people make it a point to get inside the building. Some of the subtopics of urban exploration are drains, rooftops, tower cranes, etc. I've been doing this for years and some of the best pics will come out of the worst looking, abandoned buildings. I've explored abandoned rest homes, hospitals, asylums, schools, industries, churches and anything in between. Always remember two rules. Keep your locations to yourself and the #1 rule of urban exploration is take only pictures, leave only footprints. One of my favorite shots is below that came from the inside of a well known asylum that's getting really hard to get into these days...


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Old 06-21-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta (Finally on 4-1-17)
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Thanks for the feedback
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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The term I heard for it is "ruinenlust" (German word), read about it in WIRED magazine article a couple years ago.

A History of Our Lust for Destruction | Magazine | WIRED
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...our lust for devastation is insatiable. The aphrodisia of atrophy is centuries old, ubiquitous, and infinitely potent.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I just posted a few pics in this thread, I have more subjects in Cincinnati and Dayton than I know what to do with.

Buildings left to rot.
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