The Derelict Aesthetic (Pt 1) #philosophy #photography

Well Wheel (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Knitting Room Window (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Outhouse Window (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Oil Drum (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Oil Drum 2 (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Horse Shoe (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

Weights (Brotherhood Church, Stapleton 2011)

“You may drive Mother Nature out with a pitchfork, but she always comes hurrying back!”

So said the Roman lyric poet, Quintus Horatius Flaccus, better known to the English speaking world as Horace. Some of us however are apt to welcome Mother Nature back with open arms. 😉

For there is a beauty in dereliction, ruin and decay which borders on the spiritual. Some might say dereliction presents us with a timely reminder of universal transience and our own fragile mortality, but I like to see decay in a more positive light. We vainly associate decay and dereliction with death because of the corruption that awaits our  own once desirable flesh, yet these processes are life itself, key and core to every organism on Earth. It is the pristine realms of man – be they palace, palladium or shopping-precinct – which are truly the realms of the dead; like the Taj Mahal our splendid visionary vistas of steel, glass and marble are but beautiful mausoleums. Nature, life – the true miracle of the universe – inhabits the cracks in the pavements and the forgotten corners of our metropolises. Concrete may be more effective than a pitchfork, but – as Horace knew all too well – this planet wasn’t created solely to satisfy the neurological quirks of Obsessive Compulsive apes; the technological might of man is no match for relentless isness of Mother Nature. And I for one find it comforting to know that the wild is always with us.

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5 thoughts on “The Derelict Aesthetic (Pt 1) #philosophy #photography

    1. Unfortunately I’m camera-less at the moment and have to borrow an Olympus XZ-1 compact to work with.

      This means I have to rely on post-production methods to get the look I want. I shoot in RAW and then use Olympus’s own RAW processing software to get the tone, contrast and texture roughly where I want it. Then most of the work is done in GIMP, which has a number of excellent BW film simulation tools.

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