"Our beliefs manifest themselves amongst the objects we construct. Our buildings, our apparatuses for catching and retaining bodies of flesh and soul, resonate perfectly with the dominant ideology within its time of creation. So entwined are these two that if popular ideology falls, the buildings too, unless appropriated with new beliefs, will twist and decay like our own elderly skin.
The pictures within this book show us the urban sores created by the disease of Neo-liberalism. These buildings lie exposed like the half decomposed body of a mastodon cooking in the sun, but their destroyers were not men, but NAFTA, Thatcherism, Reaganomics, and the failed Stalinist experiment. This book contains the collective memory of ourselves, and as Walter Benjamin so eloquently put it, 'memory is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.'
Clearly this is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite misanthrope!"
Overgrown industrial complexes, disused asylums, abandoned palaces and monasteries feature in this latest incendiary book from Carpet Bombing Culture. Beauty in Decay - The Art of Urban Exploration broke new ground in depicting the global phenomenon of Urban Exploration (Urbex) when it published in 2010. Author RomanyWG has again tirelessly tracked down dozens of new locations to amaze viewers of Beauty in Decay II, a further peek behind the Urbex curtain. Urban explorers find the beauty layers of history, multi-hued peeling paint, antique objects, ancient initials in the dust and the other physical manifestations of memory that abandoned, impermanent urban spaces manifest. For Beauty in Decay RomanyWG has gone behind the lens to give us a further peak behind the Urbex curtain. This time the HDR is paired down and the spectacle ramped up.