So, back to our trip to photograph the old abandoned art school in our area. What made it so interesting? In fact what makes many photographers seek out ruined urban structures the world over? The genre is known as Urbex or urban exploration.
My guess is ruins create the sense of going back in time and somehow walking through the skeleton of the past. Another reason is that our society is utterly focused on places that have clear functional value ie places that are being used. Everything in our society (including ourselves) is defined by being useful. Buildings which no longer have a use are therefore all the more interesting. They become art, which has been defined by someone as the epitome of usefulness.
This point leads to the final reason why ruined buildings are interesting. Art is not useless…it is of paramount use because that which is beautiful is needed by the soul. Ruined buildings are like this….fading colours, organic interruption of surfaces by moulds, pooling of water from dysfunctional ceilings, chairs and table strewn about like a installation piece called “Useless”. Ruins are very beautiful.