The Moving Word

Writer, Preacher, Bookworm, Student of the Word

The Beauty of Decay


A “new” art form is rising in our popular culture, and I am a fan.

With the deteriorating infrastructure of American society, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the empty, abandoned, ruined buildings around us.

Whether urban or rural, photographers are taking advantage of the wealth to be found there.

As a writer, these photographs excite me because each image provides a tapestry of memories, possibilities and dreams. The richness of each shot leads our imaginations to create new worlds, characters and stories that  can leave a lasting legacy.   

As an introduction, here is a powerful video and an informative article  for your consideration.

I want to share some of these links* with the caveat that I love the art described above. However, each photographer and webmaster is unique so I will not extend a blanket endorsement of everything you will see on these sites. As an aficionado of art, literature or music, we must use discretion at all times.



AmericanGypsy Photography

Lost ruins, yesteryears’s glory

TimeMachine Imagery

Abandoned Love Photography

Immortal Dreams


Amazing photo essay on abandoned places around the world

Francesco Mugnai


Forbidden Places

Photos on Flickr

Abandoned New York

Michael John Grist

Forgotten Detroit 

The Art of Urban Exploration

*I am a novice, and I chose the sites that I found that were clean enough to include on my page. I mean no disrespect to anyone left out. I appreciate the work so many have done in this field. Keep dreaming and sharing those dreams with each of us.


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6 thoughts on “The Beauty of Decay

  1. From dust it’s made and back to dust it goes, huh?

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:3-4)

  2. The eternal power of nature is always waiting to bring it’s “chaos” to the shrines of man. Therein that struggle lies the beauty, that “chaos” has an intelligent design, driven by its creator. On behalf of American Ruins, thank you for your words and the plug to Jezebel’s FB page

  3. Eric Baird on said:

    I would like to extend a warm thanks to you Richard for sharing my work. We constantly strive to capture the beauty within this decay and speak for those who no longer have a voice. Our mission is to preserves this history and in the process learn about these places ourselves so we can share them with the world. You have done exactly what we have hoped for by sharing it with your friends.
    Many Thanks and God Bless.

  4. Robert Willmore on said:

    My face book page is The Beauty of Decay Photography. The video is of my photos…

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