An Update

Goodness…how long has it been since I last posted??? I don’t even want to think about it! Apologies for the lack of posts…I’m sure many of you will have seen me around still, commenting on your posts and replying to comments, but everything is so hectic here that my regular posting has slipped!

Those of you who read my Spring Blog Hop post will know that we were going through a difficult time, as my Grandpa was taken ill very suddenly at the end of March, before he sadly passed away on Easter Sunday. He had a lovely funeral service on the 1st May, which he had chosen the songs for, and he left me the responsibility of choosing the poems. Somewhere between all of that, April happened, and I’m not sure where it went. Because I lost April during this stressful and upsetting time, I have applied for some extensions on my university work, and right now, that is my main priority; hence the lack of blogging. I’m still desperately clinging to the blogging sphere by commenting and replying to comments, but posts may be quite few and far between for a little while so I hope you can bear with it! I do have a lot of posts lined up though! I have at least 4 book reviews on hold as well as a couple of general posts and several Youtube videos in need of editing. Right now the time consuming bit is the taking and editing of photos and videos, which I can’t afford to do right now. I’m hoping that this hiatus will be over in the next few weeks though, and I may be able to squeeze in a few posts around then! Continue reading

‘Beauty in Decay’ – A Photography Collection of Haunting Images

Author: RomanyWG
Genre: Photography
First Published: 2010
Pages: 192

A stunning collection of photographs from some of the world’s forgotten places: discover the beauty of long abandoned buildings. 

I was first drawn to thing book for two reasons: I love photography; and I love ghosts. When I say ghosts I mean ghost stories, but when considering this particular book, the phrase ‘a picture says a thousand words’ is most certainly true. It is fascinating to explore abandoned buildings through these images and wonder what happened in them all those years ago.

The term Urban Explorer has been coined to describe photographers who seek out abandoned buildings, barge past the ‘no entry’ signs and creep into the forgotten places with the mission of documenting them. The fear that these places may be lost forever is the driving force behind Urbex, and this collection exhibits over one hundred of these places, captured by a menagerie of incredibly talented photographers.

Each image presents a haunting, rotting, crumbling location, which has a strange beauty about it. The wonderfully atmospheric images present the audience with something unfamiliar, even scary, but it is that sense of unease and fear it creates that means you can’t stop looking at it. Every one of the photographers has a different style, from the use of props and models to simply capturing the building as they found it. This makes each photograph new and exciting so you keep turning the pages. Everything from old houses to asylums (with wheelchairs, bed and even needles still in situ!) are presented across the glossy pages. This book has the fantastic ability to make any photographer want to pick up their camera and hunt down a derelict building!

Favourite Quote: ‘This encounter between the living and the dead is the source of the stories that we tell to make sense of being alive, and to be that explorer at that moment is to be given back the power to tell those stories for yourself. We don’t want to be passive consumers of History with a capital H, neither spoon fed by the Discovery Channel or intellectualised beyond our reach in a lecture hall.’

Rating: 10/10