Beauty in Decay #1 – Power Station

It can be an eery experience to walk through a place where activity once thrived but now stands silent and still.  These are the forgotten places.  Those who visit document its story and record the mystery and glory of beauty in decay.

Abandoned Power Station - Coogee, Fremantle, Western Australia - Photo: Akrotiri

This old art deco building is an abandoned power station and is right on the beachfront in Western Australia.   It is now decaying in the sun and salt air and is full of peeling paint and rust.  Urban art and graffiti line its walls and it has become an art gallery for those who pour out their souls in private.

Art and Rust - Abandoned Power Station - Coogee, Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo: Akrotiri

The place throws up so many incongruous elements.  Beauty in decay, glorious neglect, art in dereliction, light in the darkness.  To be in its presence is to open your soul to the harmony of sharp contrasts which is struggles to unite.  It is overwhelming, exhausting, compelling, exhilarating.

Abandoned Power Station - Coogee, Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo: Akrotiri

Ocean View - Abandoned Power Station - Coogee, Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo: Akrotiri


Haikyo is a word meaning abandoned or ruined.  It also describes the challenge and of exploring and recording urban abandonments, urban exploration and urbex.

Can you find beauty in the everyday things of life?  Slow down and you’ll notice the beauty that is around us, even in that which is decay and decline.


10 thoughts on “Beauty in Decay #1 – Power Station

  1. knudsens says:

    Great location!

  2. Louise says:

    Yes, it is an amazing place. Stay tuned for part #2 – more to come.

  3. Cam says:

    Great pics Louise. Try my mate Phil’s blog for some images of beauty in destruction:

  4. Louise says:

    Thanks Cam. Wow – there is a story there I’d love to hear. How about a catch up soon?

  5. Hi Louise!

    I really enjoyed this post. Your words rang true in my heart. I think you know, having visited my blog, I truly notice the little nuisances of life. Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world and subscribing to my blog. I will look forward to getting to know you!


  6. Louise says:

    Thanks Margie – I was an amazing experience to visit this space, very compelling.

  7. Wonderful. I love the perspective of “Ocean View”. And thank you for introducing me to the term “haikyo”.

  8. snowbirdpress says:

    When I see these markings on abandoned walls it reminds me of cave paintings… how mankind feels a need to leave a mark on such places.. as if owning it.

  9. Louise says:

    I hadn’t thought of it like that, great perspective!

  10. Slow and thorough, here it becomes raw and timeless. Stillness abides. You express that beautifully by words and photos.

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