Each of us understands the word “beautiful” in our own way. Someone likes to watch wildlife: flowers, butterflies, grasshoppers. Someone is looking for beauty exclusively in sick people. And someone finds a part of God's plan in the abandoned objects of human infrastructure. Such people are the members of the Artificial Owl collective blog.
The wilting of nature has always been one of the main sources of inspiration for creative people working in different types and genres of art. But this has always been the withering of wildlife.
But lately, at a time when the era of industrialization has passed into the era of post-industrialization, the fading of artificial objects created by people has become the object of close attention of artists of various ranks. Many photographers and photo artists are engaged in tracking abandoned architectural objects around the world and capturing the process of their destruction on film.
Some of these photographers are grouped around the Artificial Owl blog. Here they exhibit their latest work. Indeed, every day, every hour, more and more abandoned construction projects appear in the world, sometimes of incredibly large scales.
This is a resort in the Bokor mountains in Cambodia, abandoned by people during the time in power of the Khmer Rouge group, and cemeteries of old cars in Utah and Namibia, and a Cold War bunker in the vicinity of San Francisco, and an abandoned hotel on Cape Romano in Florida, and the unfinished nuclear power plant at Cape Kazantip in Crimea.
There are millions of such objects. All of them are potentially a source of inspiration for photographers at Artificial Owl. The main thing is to see the beauty even in the destroyed church - the only object that has survived from the city of San Juan Parangarikutiro after the volcanic eruption in 1943.
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