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.

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Bright Lights, Big City


I’m one of the billions of people on the earth that live on the edge.  Sometimes I think I’m on the edge of sanity, but what I mean here is that I live on the edge of the land.  Actually, I live pretty much on the edge of a continent.

I think I’ve always assumed that there wasn’t much in the middle, in the heart of the land.  Mainly because when I travelled within Australia, it is a remote and arid land (mostly) and the distances over the beautiful but inhospitable terrain are vast.  It got me thinking about the rest of the world.  We know that India and China have massive populations, but what about other areas?  Where do we all live on this blue planet?

The picture below is from NASA and shows the location of permanent lights on earth.  This image was created with ongoing data from the Satellite Program which studies the changes in urbanisation over time.  The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanised, but not necessarily the most populated.  Even after more than 100 years after the invention of the electric light, some regions remain thinly populated and unlit.  Antarctica is entirely dark.  Lights are beginning to appear in the jungles of Africa and South America.  Interesting huh?  See what you can see.

Earth Lights: Craig Mayhew & Robert Simmon, NASA. GSFC.

Earth Lights: Craig Mayhew (www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1438)