The Photography of Owen Perry

Decay

"What people love about life is its miraculous beauty; What they hate about death is the loss and decay around it. Yet losing is not losing, and decay turns into beauty, as beauty turns back into decay. We are breathed in, breathed out. Therefore all you need is to understand the one breath that makes up the world. The master is always conscious of the mystery at the heart of all things." – Lao Tzu

In the 21st century we tend to think of our great cities and structures as permanent entities, built to withstand the forces of nature and sands of time. Decay is a set of photographs that explores a fascination with the ultimate impermanent nature of places and things, and the symbolism they embody for the future of western civilisation. There is something both ominous and intriguing about these subjects. Without people around to tell a story, your imagination is forced to make its own.

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