Delightful Decay

© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon
© Nancy de Flon

Nancy de Flon makes decaying, rundown, abandoned, ugly, dilapidated, uninhabitable, shabby buildings into captivating, beautiful and almost exquisite imagery. That’s what she did for her personal photo project when she attended my eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» last autumn. In her photos, there are no visible signs of living beings, but they are still very much present – more from the lack of human traces or remnants than anything else is. Yes, the buildings are obviously man-made, but man (or woman) has long since deserted them all. Now they are standing there left to perish, as crumbling shadows of former glory – if ever the buildings had anything glorified about them, in open cityscape or in serene landscapes as monument to human folly. Whether Nancy captures details of the repulsiveness or takes in the whole view of a rundown building in her photos, she does it with a strong sense of awareness, with a skilful and sharp approach. Light is an important part of the contradictory beauty in her images, as is her discernment of composition. For more of her photo, please look up Nancy de Flon’s Photo Blog.

72 thoughts on “Delightful Decay

  1. Thanks for presenting Nancy’s lovely work! There’s always a certain beauty to be found in decay and Nancy has captured it very well. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. There is an art to this. Like the capturing of the scenes near Chernobyl. Hauntingly beautiful and with the right pics, amazing. Of course I am not suggesting going there because it is illuminated. I saw a program about abandoned places and this includes Detroit!

  3. Nancy de Flon is a woman after my own heart…..thank you very much for showcasing some of her images here. I have just been over to her site. Some great images. I am thinking that I need to gather together my own, very varied images of places in decay.

  4. While I certainly appreciated the previous “urban life” photos, there’s no question that these are more to my personal taste. Everything created comes to an end, and I often experience scenes like this as small mementos mori — tiny bites of a larger reality that can be just slightly unnerving to contemplate.

    They’re all beautiful, but I’m especially fond of the closeup of the door. The colors are lovely, but the variety of textures is remarkable.

  5. I like Nancy’s way of seeing the place. The first picture for an example, taking that structure through the fence (?) makes the picture comes alive than just the object alone. The door with the empty key hole is another interesting picture. You have a sense of running down but that black deep key hole just creates mystery around it. Great works!

  6. I didn’t at first even see the structures as dilapidated and run-down because the shots were so intriguing I just thought they were interesting. What an interesting series for a photographic subject. The photos are honestly quite beautiful to me. Nancy has a wonderful eye and uses it well!

  7. I love taking pictures of decay in any way myself.
    That has structure, gives something to look at
    and explore the “landscape”.
    I like Nancy’s pictures a lot! 🙂
    The first one is my favourite because of the colours.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. i agreeeeee, she knows how to present it… looking at the black dirt around where a door knob used to be, almost makes my hand washing self cringe with horror….. but on the other hand, i find the last picture beautiful, and would buy it to make a home there 🙂 unless the door knob was dirty haha

  9. My favs are the first , one that I think shows creativity but that I would have probably missed, the third for the abstraction and how it is divided up and the shadow from the slats in the second -last -. very engaging, all of them.

  10. I love old decaying things. They remind me of the idea of “pentimento”, which is defined as “an underlying image in a painting, especially one that has become visible when the top layer of paint has turned transparent with age, providing evidence of revision by the artist”. In this case, humans provided the framework but Mother Nature was the artist, carefully revealing what is under all the layers those humans constructed!

  11. Abandoned, decaying structures tell quite a story, and speak to many people including Nancy. She’s translated some of them beautifully through her pictures here with her own unique perspective. I enjoyed this very much.

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