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75+ Urban Decay Photography Captures of Life

Life still crawls where human presence disappears and will continue to exist as growth and decay.  The beauty of deserted places is a fancy for many photographers even though it is sad to see places which are abandoned. These places have a history sometimes which can be noticed. People used to leave in the past and when they migrate, leave behind  it becomes another world in itself.

Human made building, machines start to decay and thus rust is formed which is red, brown , orange in color. Urban decay Photography is an amazing art which deals with showcasing decayed environment. Photographers sometimes go ahead and add additional Photoshop effects like HDR with their urban decay photographs for added immersion. I still like to see the real pic rather than the edited one but the below listed images are ok even with the HDR.

Decay is a constant process which is an act of God so only thing to delay it is fixing it. These urban decay inspiration will give you ideas of how photographers find themselves in different places exploring through unwanted, deserted places currently with no human life presence. I have added descriptions to the images as to know where they are located just in case you want to explore the place yourself someday. Some location details were unavailable to me so you must contact the photographer through the link i have provided.

This topic consists of over 75 beautiful urban decay photography images just for your inspiration. I will keep digging this article and add some new images of urban decay photography so stay tuned for more updates. You must also check out this free grunge textures pack which will help you a lot in adding effects to your existing raw photos.

Theatre

by Valerie Jardin

Hollywood Theater Minneapolis.

Minneapolis

Hippie’s corridor

by Bhumsoo Kim
Hippies corridor

Shine a spotlight on

by Bhumsoo Kim

Eastown theater, Detroit, MI.
Eastown theater

California Dreaming

by Duane Bender

“Waiting For Parts”.

California Dreaming

Wagon Decay

by Aaron J. Groen

Milky Way Stars shine bright over this long forgotten wagon in a field somewhere in Central South Dakota.

Wagon

Walls of wine

by Sven Fennema

My story about an old, long abandoned and unique old winery near the italian border. These bloodred walls were as red in reality!

wall-wine

Once Upon a Time

by Mark U

Bedtime story by the Brothers Grimm.

once-upon

The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem

by Frank Grace

What do you get when you spend a little over 6 hours (with permission from the building’s owner) in an abandoned theatre, a camera, good friends, and a passion for photography? You get lots of photos!

Orphuem

Decaying Industrial Site

by Thomas Wirt

Decaying industrial site at Flint, Michigan.

decay

Rusting Car

by Harley Pebley

It could be that rusting car in the driveway, the house down the road in disrepair, the abandoned building near work or…

rust-car

Decay Steps

by Daniela Ruppel

Decaying concrete can be quite photogenic. Depends on how you see it, of course…….beauty being in the eye of the beholder!

decay-steps

Decay Trash

by Harley Pebley

I like the colours in your other shot, this one looks a touch washed out, over exposed a little maybe.

trash

Lost Bucharest

by FriendlyPiranha

Somewhere on the streets of Bucharest.

lost_city

Winch Gears

by Basseca

Locking system on a winch on an old, decrepit barge anchored on Toronto’s Harbourfront.

winch_gears

Fort de la Chartreuse 09

by yanshee

Exploration of an abandoned fort somewhere in Belgium.

Chartreuse

Chateau Noisy – The Decay

by DimitriKING

Sadly, this building had some restaurants in the old days.

chateau

Elapsing

by Sven Fennema
elapsing

Decay Room

by Eric B

Decay at this Abandoned Chateau.

room1

“The DECLINE BELLA” / “La BELLA DECADENCIA”

by Juan PIXELECTA

This house no longer exists in ruins. It was my next door in front of my house in Cervera de Pisuerga, and before I got this photograph collapsed. I wanted to somehow artistic editing with selective toning and applying noise to accentuate the decline to ensure that was beautiful.

bella

Decayed Green Wood Door

by Donna Corless

Marano Legunare, Italy. Color photography by Donna Corless. Such a beautiful weathered door. So many gouges and scratches.

green_door

History

by Victor Koos

Typewriter in the old Cass Tech High school in Detroit.
Writing is overrated

Decayed Steps

by FLEE

see the hazy patch on the right? Thats the trouble spot, thats when the pressure plate is loose on my Rolleiflex. But its all fixed now.

steps1

Urban Decay 18

by marc.alexander
Urban Decay….captured during a fun and eventful morning with a great group of guys (ref: earlier photos).
decay_18

Urban Decay 19

by Krystle Fleming

Various forms of urban decay in one photo.

decay_19

Urban Decay 20

by Todd Merica

A new shot in my “Urban Decay” series, I hope you enjoy it!

decay_20

HDR Urban_Decay

by Rozaimi Johari

Set of images for the BFF monthly challenge (Urban Decay).

decay_21

Adam And Eve

by chris vs world

A set subject for Corio Bay Camera Club next month is Urban Decay. For the first time ever I think i have gone out and looked for a subject for a set subject competition. I did some HDR on this .. curves added a grunge type border.

adam_eve

Sofa

by Grace Trivino

Taken at the City Methodist Church in Gary Indiana.

sofa_decay

Long Shot of Sofa

by Grace Trivino

sofa_decay2

Fire Place

by Grace Trivino

Taken at the abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana.

fireplace

Brooklyn NY

by Federico Scotto d’Antuono

Police board in Brooklyn NY.

police

Windows and Glass

by Ubi Rhodes-Malin

it has an arsty kind of look to it Ubi.

glass

Miniature Decay

by retrogoth

this is a bizarre model village around a pond that has been abandoned and left to rot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beautiful Decay Shot

by David Giral

This picture was taken from Imperial Lofts roofs on an assignment for Montreal Home Magazine. It’s pretty much untouched except for blending of two exposures for sky and ground. So it makes it a manual HDR ;-)

decay-shot

The Pretty Side Of Urban Decay

by Cheri Sundra

A vivid imagination and coloring effect combined to produce this shot.

vivid

Albany

by Denis Tangney Jr

Urban decay in Albany, New York.

albany

Rail and Road

by Michael

A decay shot of rail with soft blur.

rail-decay

Urban Decay HDR

by Sue Thompson

So many colors and textures…it is kind of sad to see a place like this, though.

hdr_decay

Decline

by Grant Cameron

An abandoned foyer in an uncompleted multi-storey building on Charoenkrung Road.

step-decline

Urban Decay – Detroit, MI

by Michael Darga

The picture was taken from the 7th floor of the Lee Plaza Hotel – Detroit, MI.

Detroit

Factory in Decay

by Kamen Todorov

HDR processing is excellent for this factory shot.

factory

Gary, Indiana

by Joey Lax-Salinas

Urban exploration in Gary, Indiana at the City Methodist Church at 6th and Washington in Northwest Indiana.

gary

Docks

by Mike Lodge ARPS

This building has clearly seen better days and it is questionable as to how much longer it will be left standing.

docks

Snohomish

by Lorenzo Pasqualis

This building is in Snohomish, WA. It is in the middle of town and it houses a restaurant/bar.

Lorenzo

 Northwest Indiana

by Joey Lax-Salinas

Urban exploration photography in Northwest Indiana at the City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana.

Indiana

Grafitti

by Joey Lax-Salinas

Indiana featuring grafitti at the City Methodist Church at 6th and Washington in Northwest Indiana.

grafitti

Grand Hall – Michigan Central Depot

by Spike

The grand symbol of Detroit’s urban decay, Michigan Central Depot opened its doors 95 years ago this month. Closed for years, no other Detroit ruin can quite match it for shear magnificence. It was the tallest and busiest train station in the United States when it opened December 16, 1913.

grandhall

A decaying wharf in Liverpool1

by Neil Howard

Take as the Sun was setting. I was amazed that this was a short walk from the “gentrified” areas around the Pier Head.

wharf

Pietra Ligure

by Andrea Pesce

Decay from Rodriquez Cantieri upstream of the railway.

Pietra

Bluish Metal

by Kimberly Dickinson

A nice metal texture for you.

metal_texture

Worms

by Ben

One of the new industry series explored by Ben.

worms

The Tunnels of Angmar

by Ben

angmar

Storage

by ranzino

Urban decay in Hazleton, PA.

storage

miami

by Kevin Walsh

Urban decay in small town USA, Miami, Arizona.

miami

pipe in decay

by zosoiv71

copper mine  – ruifang district, new taipei city.  It was a copper mine and the pipes vented smoke/fumes over the top of the mountains.

pipe_decay

Church

by Grace Trivino

Taken from the City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana.

Methodist

4×3

by Afonso L. de Faria

Urban decay in Porto, Portugal.

portugal

Backdoor Entry

by Yusri Yusof
One of my favorite subjects in photography, Derelict or Urban Decay.
backdoor-decay

Abandoned hospital

by Andrea Zanovello

Santa Margherita Ligure (Liguria, Italy), 21st January 2012.

decay_hospital

Special Blue

by Krystle Fleming

The back alleys of Corsicana Texas. We photographed there on 3 different days and still never made it down all the alleys. It’s an urban decay delight.

backdoor

Infoladen

by Ken Yuel

Now this is my kind of alley, urban decay, graffiti, and a place for information download (infoladen).. A  delight find of this scene on our first day in Frankfurt Germany.

Infoladen

Potters Manor – extreme decay

by Greg Mckenzie

This house in Crowborough, Sussex, was built in 1904 and designed by architect Hugh Jokin. It was owned by the Walford family.

manor

Factory

by Joe Collver

N 9th and Willow, Philadelphia PA.

factory-decay

TrAin oF DeCay

by ~EvidencE~

A pic of old train interior.

train_interior

Train part ’40

by Dennis

An abandoned train part at a Belgium ammo depot. There is not a lot of info on the ammo depot, but seems te be closed already for a pretty long time.

train_cab_decay

Train Decay Milky Way

by Michael Ver Sprill

milkyway_train

Uyuni Train Graveyard

by uncle_shoggoth

A decaying train on the outskirts of town in Uyuni, Bolivia.

Uyuni Train Graveyard

Last Train to Nowhere

by Cindy Cornett Seigle

This train won’t be moved for awhile, the plants are trying to take it back over.

train_decay_2

Old train cars

by Mike Grigg

A rusty find of old train.

rusty_cab

Train Decay

by Bruce Jenkins

A train painted in graffiti .

train_graffiti

Signs of decay

by dogwatcher

All these pictures have been taken at the old railway station in Röbel (Müritz), where the historical railway-interest-group “Hei na Ganzlin” stores some very interesting things.

signs_train

Ghost Train

by Liis Roden

ghost_train

Abandoned Train

by Sébastien Barré

A train in the woods already abandoned years ago in Albany, NY.

Abandoned

Your train is delayed

by wonderferret

Abandoned train in the old parnell train depot.

train_decay3

switch

by ChrisL

A beautiful image of decaying switch.

switch

 

Waldo Covered Bridge

by Jimmy Emerson

Constructed in 1858 over Talladega Creek in the Waldo community, about 5 miles out of Talladega on AL Hwy 77. It was constructed in the “Home/Queen” style and is 115′ long. The road bed leading to the bridge has long been removed to keep folks off the decaying bridge

waldo_bridge

 Old Bridge

by Thor

Thor

Decaying infrastructure

by Cathy

Bridge on SR490 in Kentucky – hasn’t seen any fresh paint maybe since built?

decaying

Mickles bridge

by Brad widding

Built in 1880 in danville, the bridge was later moved a few miles to mickles in 1920. by 1936 the road had disappeared from the maps. it was not until 2006 when this bridge was “rediscovered”.

mickles_bridge

Hot metal bridge

by Robert S. Dorsett

Aproaching the bridge from the Carrie furnace (Rankin, PA.) side. Bridge built in 1900.

metal_bridge

Crashed plane ( Arizona )

by Lusker

crash

Target range tank

by Paul Bratcher

I decided to wander around the isle of purbeck, to see the village of tyneham.

tank_decay

Tank With Tadpoles

by Ken Schuler

A failed day of exploring.

tank-decay2

Urbex Session

Old iron III (BE) , 10.2013

Source

old_iron

Usine Comet 33

Urbex: Exploration of an abandoned factory somewhere in Belgium.

Source

usine_comet

MakeOver

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Where I work, there are several buildings that are literally falling down among themselves. This is the old dietary building. I don’t think the 5 second rule applies here :~)

Source

makeover

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  1. Terry

    Colors are just magnificent. Past and present…. time takes everything

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