Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

An urban explorer has created a powerful photography series in a campaign to show the beauty of abandoned buildings and to urge us to stop tearing them down. Shelley Koon, 54, from Dover, Del., hopes to shatter the illusion that the forgotten sites are dark and drab to reveal their beauty and appeal. Visiting hospitals, asylums, schools and factories in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she says she can easily spend eight hours at a time exploring and photographing the locations. (Caters News)

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<p>An urban explorer has created a powerful photography series in a campaign to show the beauty of abandoned buildings and to urge us to stop tearing them down. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

An urban explorer has created a powerful photography series in a campaign to show the beauty of abandoned buildings and to urge us to stop tearing them down. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Shelley Koon, 54, from Dover, Del., hopes to shatter the illusion that the forgotten sites are “dark and drab” and instead reveal their beauty and appeal. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Shelley Koon, 54, from Dover, Del., hopes to shatter the illusion that the forgotten sites are “dark and drab” and instead reveal their beauty and appeal. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Visiting hospitals, asylums, schools and factories in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she says she can easily spend eight hours at a time exploring and photographing the locations. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Visiting hospitals, asylums, schools and factories in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she says she can easily spend eight hours at a time exploring and photographing the locations. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Shelley said: “I want people to love these buildings as much as I do.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Shelley said: “I want people to love these buildings as much as I do.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>She captures the minutiae of the cracking-shell locations, from the reflected view of a decaying room to old reading glasses from yonder years and an unusual array of remaining furniture. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

She captures the minutiae of the cracking-shell locations, from the reflected view of a decaying room to old reading glasses from yonder years and an unusual array of remaining furniture. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Hoping to highlight the beauty of the deteriorating sites and their decadent beauty, she is also fundraising to show her work in an exhibit entitled “Wither.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Hoping to highlight the beauty of the deteriorating sites and their decadent beauty, she is also fundraising to show her work in an exhibit entitled “Wither.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>One of her favorite spots is a factory where a loom still remains as it would have been during its operational years, due to the site’s quick closure. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

One of her favorite spots is a factory where a loom still remains as it would have been during its operational years, due to the site’s quick closure. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>“The architecture and craftsmanship in these buildings are amazing, and many of them still stand today due to the care that was taken when building them.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

“The architecture and craftsmanship in these buildings are amazing, and many of them still stand today due to the care that was taken when building them.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>“I lose track of time when I’m photographing and can easily spend eight hours in a location just roaming around in it and taking pictures.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

“I lose track of time when I’m photographing and can easily spend eight hours in a location just roaming around in it and taking pictures.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Shelley hopes that with the funding she raises from Indiegogo she will be able to offset the costs of hosting her first solo photography exhibit. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Shelley hopes that with the funding she raises from Indiegogo she will be able to offset the costs of hosting her first solo photography exhibit. (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>Shelley said: “I have two hopes for this exhibit; the first is that it brings awareness to these forgotten structures and encourages people to rethink the idea that the only option for them is demolition.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

Shelley said: “I have two hopes for this exhibit; the first is that it brings awareness to these forgotten structures and encourages people to rethink the idea that the only option for them is demolition.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

<p>“My second hope for the show is that it brings awareness to the other amazing photographers out there exploring and photographing these urban ruins. We are definitely a motley crew, and we’re here to get your attention.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News) </p>
Abandoned buildings photo series shows beauty in urban decay

“My second hope for the show is that it brings awareness to the other amazing photographers out there exploring and photographing these urban ruins. We are definitely a motley crew, and we’re here to get your attention.” (Photo: Shelley Koon/Caters News)

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