Ben Geier Highlights Moods and Architectural Aesthetics in “Houses”

All photos by Ben Geier. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Not too long ago, we placed the spotlight on the melancholy mood of abandoned buildings as photographed by Ben Geier. It was a testament to the stories, atmosphere, and history that charm photographers into training their lens on urban exploration. But, the previously featured series is just one of the bodies of work on abandoned houses and architecture that he put together. Another that caught our attention is his Houses series, which features some really interesting houses he photographed from 2012 to 2019.

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Ben Geier Captures the Melancholy in Abandoned Buildings

All photos by Ben Geier. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Abandoned buildings, whether they’re deserted houses, old buildings, or crumbling ruins, have a certain mood to them that has been inspiring photographers. There’s an interesting genre dedicated to photographing these empty and often forgotten spaces: urban exploration photography. For some, it’s an act of documentation as part of urban exploration itself. For others, it’s also an exploration of the stories, atmosphere, and history that remain alongside all the decay. Today’s featured series by Ben Geier falls into the second category, and will definitely motivate those who want to capture the often melancholic mood of these deserted places.

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Dax Ward: Documenting Impermanence Through Urban Exploration

All images and text by Dax Ward. Used with permission.

Every derelict location comes with its own individual history, but each one is also connected in the sense that they are reminders of what once was, what might’ve been, and what happens when we forget. They are no longer freshly painted, not shiny and new anymore. Windows are broken. Doors, furniture, light fixtures, and most metal has been either stolen or scrapped. They are not as they once were, nor will they ever be again. Nonetheless, despite the decay and rust that many see as unsightly blots on the landscape, the allure for urban explorers and photographers lies in identifying and capturing the remaining beauty of these forgotten locations. If we look closely, it isn’t hard to find.

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An Urban Decay Photography Project Turns Abandoned Buildings Into Work of Art

All images by Christian Richter. Used with permission. 

Christian Richter is a 36 years old fine art architecture photographer based in the small town of Jeßnitz, Germany. Christian shoots urban decay with passion, and actively searches for abandoned buildings while appreciating the interesting architectural designs, patterns, and textures. He emphasises that nothing in this world is permanent.

Christian hunts for specific defining features in the abandoned buildings such as unusual interior decorations and grand looking multi-layered staircases. These astounding features in the buildings are not easily found; hence Christian has a network of friends who also share the same passion in urban decay as well as location information. This information is usually not made public to protect and preserve the abandoned buildings from further deterioration and vandalism by unwanted visitors.

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