Looking back at Hellingly: Part Two – Textures of Derelict

IMG_1578Photography and words by Billie Jenkins

Maybe the relationship between photographers and ruins is a so strong because any place left unattended sees nature creeping in, and the elements begin to tease  thousands of unique details from every surface. Where there was once clean paint whole landscapes develop, and there is an astonishing amount of visual information to take in. It is something that can be found nowhere else, a strange transition in which the man made is slowly reclaimed by the natural world. Abandoned buildings are places we would never want to live, nor spend to much time in after dark, but they do feed our curiosity of chaos. We are drawn to chaos, even if we don’t want it to touch our own lives to heavily, and when our creations go feral there is an unspoken response of titillation. A bit like when someone does something awful on reality TV, we will voice disapproval of ourselves for watching but are secretly compulsed to see exactly how far it will go. Here are some of my favourite textures from the Hellingly Asylum. There not the best photographs ever taken, but for me they capture how visually rich the simplest of derelict spaces can be.












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