Dereliction Photography

As well as looking at old photography and the history of, I want to look at abandoned buildings and dereliction. I feel as though dereliction is an important part of history, just because it is decaying and falling apart doesn’t mean that there is nothing there to tell a story. The objects that are left behind can become an interesting factor within a photograph. The decay can give beautiful textures and colours and make what seems to be an abandoned ugly space look a lot more fascinating. There is always more than meets the eye…


So… I’ve had a rubbish few weeks, been stressed and ill. Out of this though, I did get a better idea of what I’m doing!

I recently got into derelict photography (Well, apart from when I was doing my A-level project on it), and it’s got me really interested in the history of places Now my proposal for my Pilot project was on symmetry so obviously this doesn’t really fit in much, but if I alter from symmetry to space, I could still look at the shapes, but with a more specific reasoning.

A very old photographer called Henry Dixon took many photographs of London in the 1800’s, as well as all over the world. I’d love to go back to these places and see what they look like now.



After looking through the photographers and pictures I am interested in, it seems that I am attracted to the textures and shape of the space. I’d be quite interested to look at how these buildings are shaping the country, as I always think of the UK as quite a historical place with all its old buildings. For instance, is London changing to a modern capital like many others, or is it still being seen as historical…?

With new generations, the new and modern is all they know, so it seems fitting that the city is becoming modernised to attract them, but what about our heritage and all the history there. It is disappearing?

Frank Van Der Salm

Again, he looks at repetition. I feel it relates with symmetry as well. Here’s his website:

Andreas Gursky

He looks at repetition mainly within buildings, it caught my eye because of the patterns. Here’s a website from Matthew Marks Gallery:

Naoya Hatakeyma

He works a lot with reflections and the dark. I’m starting to look towards symmetry for my project so this fits in quite well….

These are a few websites I’ve found on his work, the River and Shadow Series: … He also has a book called River Series/shadow:

One Off’s

So, I’ve added a selection of my fav photographers I’ve found so far. I also have a few images I’ve found that are just one offs.

There’s some beautiful images I found on 1x by Iraklis … … Alessandra Della Casa … … Stefano Longhi …

Matt Livey

He does interior and exterior architecture, as well as construction, but my favourite part if his work is his detail work.

Anthony Weller

This guy uses his camera to make buildings beautiful. He looks at the lines of every building and uses them to their full potential. He also involves reflections and sky lines to contrast against the architecture. He just advertises them to look perfect.

He works with exterior and interior architecture, construction, details of architecture, home interiors. He also has some images of people. Check him out …

Ashley Lebedev

This woman does such beautiful work. She mainly works in portraiture, but also has a few landscape images on her site …

The images just seem so magical!