Everything alive is bound to die one day or another. This statement does not apply only to living things, but also to objects we hold dear, the things we own and use every day, and the buildings we live in. Places, especially, become stark reminders of this notion when they are abandoned. Buildings start being reclaimed by nature and the very ground they stand upon. Their walls crumble, their windows break, and people are reminded of how time can change the world we live in.
To help you better understand what I mean, here is a collection of images showcasing some of the most unusual and abandoned places that make for some great photography.
- Belgium’s I.M. Cooling Tower
The massive cooling tower’s standout feature is the hole in the center that looks like a black hole. This hole sent hot water down through small troughs and slats made of concrete, cooling the water as it traveled. Now, the massive structure is abandoned and clad in green, giving you the chance to photograph its raw beauty.
- Australia’s Floating Forest
No other place in this list speaks of nature’s perseverance more than the floating forest that has developed over more than a hundred years on top of a large ship in Homebush Bay. Not only is that, but the sight is something that offers the opportunity for some truly breathtaking and meaningful photography.
- Ukraine’s Radioactive City
The once nuclear city of the Soviet Union, the city of Pripyat is a ghost town reminding humanity of the disastrous nature of nuclear technology. Since the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, the city has been radioactive and unfit to live in. You can take guided tours of the city, however, and photograph the after effects of nuclear disaster firsthand.
- Italy’s Abandoned Mill
This wheat mill was left isolated in 1866, and stands to this day alone in seclusion. It is an utterly eerie sight, and once again shows how nature can find its way into any abandoned structure. You can visit the mill in the Valley of the Mills if you want some truly haunting photos.
- Georgia’s Train Station
During the War in Abkhazia, this train station was abandoned. This abandoned location stands out amongst the others in this list as it still has a good amount of its original plaster work and wooden furniture intact. This, combined with its abandoned nature, makes it a very interesting place for a photography excursion.
- Russia’s Wooden Houses
If you want to visit some other unusual places that are beautiful to look at but have been left in isolation, then these small buildings in Russian forests might be something up your alley.
- China’s Underwater City
And last but not the least, the underwater city known as the Lion City, in eastern China is perhaps the eeriest of all the locations in this list. The city is said to be over 1300 years old and has stayed submerged since 1959.
In this digital age, it is much easier than some decades ago to take pictures. This is both a good thing and bad in my opinion. It’s good because, of course, more people have access to cameras these days, hence allowing them to pursue their photographic ambitions. On the flip side, a very negative effect of this is that many kinds of photography, including street, are becoming more about capturing every single mundane thing around you and putting it up on Instagram rather than actually caring about the story you’re telling the world.
While there are merits to going out and shooting the streets, the fact that so many people are doing it these days is not helping anyone. Let’s see how the digital age of photography is slowly ruining street photography.
It’s Too Easy!
The foremost reason why a majority of ‘street photography’ these days is not up to par is because it is way too easy for anyone to pick up a half decent camera and go into the streets without a second thought. At the time when street photography was at a high, people had to carry heavy gear outside, they had to wait full days for that one shot that would make sense to them. I’m not saying that the advent of cheaper and lighter cameras is bad, but the sheer presence of a multitude of them means that anyone can pick one up and go out without any real interest in street photography.
As a result, you see so many similar photos these days that it is nearly impossible for anyone to stand out. Steaming coffee cups on rainy days, yellow taxis in a monochrome urban setting, thoughtless juxtaposition of elements; these are what constitute a major chunk of street photography these days. And it’s quite sad.
The Real Stuff is Lost
In the midst of all these coffee cups and sign boards, the really good street photographs, taken by people who actually care about their content and spend days in its pursuit, are lost. Any good, really good, street photographers that exist in the world remain undiscovered because there is so much saturation throughout the internet that it takes a lot of work and patience to stumble upon something promising.
And that is the main reason why I think street photography is headed towards its doom.
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