YANN PESIN : BEAUTY IN DECAY
Rusty beams, dilapidated walls, rotting wood. Most people wouldn’t even bat an eyelid when passing by this old building.
Nature has well and truly taken hold. The roots of a tree have pierced the concrete floor and intrepid branches have found their way towards the light.
However, in the eyes of some photographers, an abandoned place can actually be very revealing, shrouded in melancholy mixed with poetry. These forgotten places tell us a story, and we become more aware that there is beauty, even in decay.
This quest for places that have been overlooked by almost everyone has a name: urban exploration, or urbex for short. Photographers that risk danger and no entry signs (since this practice is illegal most of the time), in order to show us the imprint of time on buildings, that are hidden or difficult to access, built by man and then abandoned by him.