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Abandoned Places

Each week we bring you a trio of Good Things in art and design, chosen from the infinite creative archives of Present & Correct

Abandoned Buildings
Abandoned Buildings

This week, Good Things takes you on a tour of the most beautiful abandoned places in the world

In a world with much rhetoric over waste and reappropriation, it seems a little incongruous that we all live close to an abandoned building, with all that wasted space and materials. There is a melancholy and romance to such dereliction, and this week's Good Things looks at some nicely documented examples of the grander side of the rack and ruin. Other sites of note include Abandoned Britain, for something closer to home as well as this list of the 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world.

Since 2002, Richard Davies has travelled to Russia to hunt for abandoned churches. Once the focal point of a community, they have been destroyed by everything from lightening to tractors. Their wooden silhouettes are undoubtedly Russian, with a hefty dose of fairytale.

Kokkoila, Karelia region, Chapel of St Barbara (early 18th C)
Kokkoila, Karelia region, Chapel of St Barbara (early 18th C) © Richard Davies
Podporozhye, Arkhangel region, Church of St Vladimir (1757)
Podporozhye, Arkhangel region, Church of St Vladimir (1757) © Richard Davies
Kizhi, Karelia, Church of the Transfiguration (1714)
Kizhi, Karelia, Church of the Transfiguration (1714) © Richard Davies
Permogorye, Arkhangel region, Church of St George (1665)
Permogorye, Arkhangel region, Church of St George (1665) © Richard Davies

Abandoned swimming pools seem especially sad, with our collective memories of school trips, holidays and their signature smells. It might explain why so many photographers take pictures of them. These are some nice collections by the likes of J. Bennett and Gigi Cifali.
Soho Marshall Pool
Soho Marshall Pool © Gigi Cifali
Pool at North Shore
Pool at North Shore © J Bennett Fitts
Hornsey Baths, London
Hornsey Baths, London © Gigi Cifali
Pool at Victorville
Pool at Victorville © J Bennett Fitts
Moseley Baths, Birmingham
Moseley Baths, Birmingham © Gigi Cifali
Pool at Panama City Beach
Pool at Panama City Beach © J Bennett Fitts

Stages of Decay is a series by Julia Solis depicting abandoned theatres; buildings where the final curtain really has dropped. Regardless of the decay these big, ornate spaces are still beautiful but with many now demolished, this series is your last glimpse.
States of Decay
States of Decay Photography by Julia Solis
States of Decay
States of Decay Photography by Julia Solis
States of Decay
States of Decay Photography by Julia Solis
States of Decay
States of Decay Photography by Julia Solis

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