I just had a bunch of film developed and was scanning them over the past couple of nights and thought that these pictures were heading in a fairly interesting direction.
I find the whole urban decay thing appealing because invariably it occurs and is situated in what are purely utilitarian spaces not valued at all for their aesthetic qualities. These are generally places where work - often hard and unpleasant physical work - gets done, and at the literal end of the day those involved can’t wait to turn their backs and go somewhere better. Fair enough, too.
Yet these unloved locations retain a distinct charm precisely because of their lack of conventional attractiveness. They are, for a start, real. There is no pretension that they are anything other than what they appear to be - pure utilitarian spaces.
They are often colourful - maybe with aeons worth of layers of paint peeling, safety markers and the like. Then there is the wabi-sabi thing - what Japanese people use to describe an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Often, too, the light is really interesting because as structures decay and crumble, or windows build up years’ of layers of dirt and grime, light is filtered or finds alternative and potentially remarkable ways to fall on objects.
And they are good places to photograph relatively unhassled and undisturbed, particularly if you happen to arrive after 5pm during the week, or on a Sunday.
The lower picture here is a scan of two (or, rather, one and a half) adjacent frames on the Velvia 50 roll. I think that the inclusion of half of the blue frame created quite a nice picture where there wasn’t really one otherwise.
But I do like the twice-broken window.