Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Beauty of Decay

 
Slightly decayed dining room, which you can rent for dinner parties, at Alentejo House (Alverca Palace), Lisbon
 
Now for some real decay, here's a selection of the many photos I have been posting:




This is my contribution to the City Daily Photo June Theme Day: "The Beauty of Decay"
Thank you, Julie, for having dedicated this theme to me. Much appreciated.

52 comments:

Mo said...

The beauty of faded grandeur is has a special beauty. These are stunning images

Jo said...

wow, some love is needed there. Great photos and thanks for sharing.

wilf said...

Wow, you have a collection of beautiful decaying buildings! Gorgeous images!

LOLfromPasa said...

You are the expert for sure with your keen eye and ability to make something less than beautiful - exceptionally beautiful! Lovely collection, JM.

Jim said...

So many good shots there.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Why is it that the colours and textures of the buildings in decline are so much more intriguing?

Tamera said...

All of these are fabulous. How I would love to visit Lisbon one day!

Arija said...

What a great pity that there is so much beauty spoiling before your eyes. It always pains me to see once much loved homes and churches crumbling away. I know it is the way of the world, it is cheaper to build modern temporary matchstick houses than repair and restore lovely solid but old buildings. I know it takes an army of servants to keep up a palace but I would still wish there were volunteers to keep these heritage buildings in good order.

Karl Demetz said...

Masterpieces!
Great post, JM!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

No shortage of ruin there. No shortage of fabulous photos from you! Great job!

Rob Siemann said...

Wouldn´t like having to clean this chandelier!
Happy JM day!!!´-)

Birdman said...

These were once wonderful buildings.

Sami said...

What a grand dining room. Amazing!!
And what a pity to see such beautiful palaces and houses rot away.

Kate said...

That decaying dining room is rather elegant decay!

Sharon said...

this is a perfect contribution to the theme. your collection of photos is certainly a favorite on this topic. I'd say that dining room ceiling is in some need of a little restoration. It would be a shame to let such beautiful art continue to decay.

Stefan Jansson said...

Your decay photos are always great.

VP said...

José, you practically invented and nurtured this theme over the years. With these sadly magnificent photos you are showing us that you are still the undisputed master of the genre!

brattcat said...

you are indeed the master of this theme, jm.

Lowell said...

You are, and remain, the master of decay! And in this case, that's a good thing!

Kris said...

JM, JM, JM, all gorgeous!
especially the dining room, imaging the chandelier is on in the night :)

TexWisGirl said...

when i saw the cdp theme on another blog, i KNEW it was because of/for you! you show such beautiful decay...

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Beautiful chandelier, but I wouldn't want the job of cleaning it.
There is something rather sad and forlorn in those old, decaying buildings - why don't the owners paint and restore them?

cieldequimper said...

JM, you are ze star today! Fabulous post but I wouldn't have expected any less!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh la la! JM, we have a feast of decay here..I've been looking forward to this and you have surpassed yourself. I remember these images, many of your buildings decay tres elegantly :)

Judy said...

I always love Your pictures of decay.
I am glad that the theme day was dedicated to you, the master of finding the most beautiful decay to photograph.

Linda said...

How lovely! Very beautiful, ornate and elegant!

LONDONLULU said...

That top image is beautiful, but the collage is just fantastic to see! Love the glimpses of all the decay you've gathered over time. Decay never looks so good:)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

JM, you are the master of "decay" and finding the beauty within. I love the slightly decayed feature photo and remember well many of the other photos. Particularly, the post of blue/white tiles was memorable. Thank you for your inspiration for this June theme day.

Bises,
Genie

RedPat said...

Love the dining room! The rest of them are a little depressing. One can only hope for the economy to turn around.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Your decay is extraordinarily beautiful, well deserved kudos!

Dina said...

All these photos of yours will be history someday, when the buildings are demolished or decay into the ground or are renovated.
You certainly deserve to have this theme day dedicated to you, JM.

Gunn said...

What a great and interesting posting for todays theme day!


Virginia said...

I'll say it again, your decay looks sooooo much better than ours.
V

Bob Crowe said...

That would be a great venue for me and my slightly decayed friends.

You are the leader of the pack on this topic. Thanks for all the beautiful images.

Jack said...

You are the master of decay, JM.

Kay said...

Bravo, JM! Thanks for suggesting this month's theme. You've given a lot of us an opportunity to give this topic some thought.

Lynette said...

You’ve made a great Theme Day post. I'm glad you picked these for today.

Randy said...

So many wonderful places in need of love.

Petrea Burchard said...

Magnificent, JM. You deserve to have the theme day dedicated to you.

Julie said...

Not much more to say, my friend.

Thank you for your dedication to such a unique genre.

ladyfi said...

That dining room is magnificent.

As for the shots of decay - they are just lovely.

Small City Scenes said...

OMG!!! You are the Master of Decay--LOL. You have shown some beautiful buildings in different stages of disrepair. The dining room is quite elegant don't you think. MB

Kovács Miklós said...

Simply unbelievable. Very stong collection, congratulations!
Greetings.

CaT said...

decay is just intriguing! especially with those colored buildings...

Linda said...

Excellent set of photos!

Babzy said...

it was the perfect theme for you ;)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Interesting to see your collage but I think I like them to stand independently. All together like that they seem sad instead of beautiful and as you know I love your decay series.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

What a glorious array of your past photos, I have always loved your photos of beauty in decay.

Cezar and Léia said...

Você preparou um post maravilhoso, super adequado ao tema proposto, parabéns!
Léia

Lnoelle said...

Lovely photos.

Stickup Artist said...

These images look amazing all grouped together! It does seem a shame they have gotten to this stage of disrepair. One can still see their beauty...

Nathalie Beaumes said...

No shortage of decay in Lisbon but you did indeed show the beauty of it.