A New Look at Industrial Decay

Maybe you don’t consider industrial remnants and demolition scenes beautiful. But, at least for me, there’s something fascinating about the ruin.

A blighted, abandoned building can inspire all kinds of emotions in people, depending on their perspective. It’s sad and shocking to see failure on display. It’s interesting to glimpse into the past. It’s scary when a building is exposed to the elements of nature and the darker aspects of society.

I’ve come across two sideshows that offer an interesting perspective on the aftermath of industrial decline. In the first one a Detroit News photographer explores the abandoned Packard Steel Plant.


This second one was posted by Sean Posey of Rust Belt Bloggers. It is scenes from Youngstown set to Bruce Springsteen.


I’d like to get photo submissions (the beautiful/ugly and well as the pretty stuff) from other Rust Belt residents on our site.

Just putting that out there …


Filed under Art

3 responses to “A New Look at Industrial Decay

  1. Cleveland school teacher, MaryBeth Matthews has a camera trained on Cleveland’s dying neighborhoods – http://mbmatthews.blogspot.com/2008/01/clevelands-dying-neighborhoods.html
    and there’s urban exposure – http://www.urban-exposure.com/black-and-white-photography-urban-decay.html

  2. You might be interested in the work of Camilo JosĂ© Vergara. I found his books by accident (one literally fell of a library shelf and hit me). Vergara’s work has deeply influenced my perspective on living in an area characterized by industrial and urban decay. I recommend two of his books, The New American Ghetto, and American Ruins. Enjoy!

  3. The one on Youngstown almost made me cry.

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