Michigan Central Station is a defining example of Detroit's urban decay. The building was built in 1913, and was the tallest railroad station in the world at 230 feet (18 stories). As air travel and auto usage overtook rail transit in the US, the usage dwindled, and the last train to use MCS was in 1988. The building has been completely unused since that date. Films such as Naqoyqatsi and Transformers have used the building as a symbol of blight and decay. (Zach Fein)
Nara Dreamland, Japan | Photograph by Chris Luckhardt. Prints available at http://www.chrisluckhardt.com Wikipedia defines Urban Exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) as: The exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby.
While Yugoslavia has long since dissolved, abandoned monuments remain that recall the nation’s glory in the second world war. Photographer Jan Kempenaers has traveled throughout the Balkans to photograph these wild, strange structures that have lost much of their cultural relevance. In various states of disrepair, these monuments (some buildings, other sculptures) represent an era of modern and brutalist architecture that defined this time period in the socialist East.
Mountain Portrait - The positioning of this photo defines it. The portrait angle gives the effect of distance meaning the path and most of all, the magnificence of this wondrous mountain in the Welsh countryside. Character and atmosphere is bursting from this photo with the little abandoned outhouse on the right, the bright blue sky dotted with clouds above, the sea of trees below the mountain and of course, the sheep grazing in the winter sunshine.
Johnston Atoll Airport, USA Built on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a couple of hundred miles from Hawaii, this airport was a US military base for majority of the 20th century and home to 400 men with an underground hospital. During WW2 Japanese submarines attacked the base.