blue gate

Beauty of Urban Decay

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. If I look hard enough, I find there’s something interesting, often beautiful, in just about everything. It’s all about angles and perspectives. Take the gate above as an example. While passing by it the other day, the colors and shapes seemed to call out to me. So I stopped, took out my camera and spent several minutes capturing various parts of it. The faded blue chipped paint, oxidation and the surface’s wear intrigued me. The cracks, crannies, and layers with a thin crust of rust made the gate look so soulful and ready to be hung on or leaned against a wall in a gallery. Much like Marcel Duchamp, I can easily see art in everyday objects, especially when isolated and removed from the intended purposefulness. Defining art is an interesting topic.

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