Lens-Artists Challenge – Seen Better Days

Tina mentions in her post how photographers love dilapidated things. I’m one of them. I love old things and I love photos of old things. Sometimes I wish I was brave enough to go into dilapidated buildings and find whatever beauty they still possess. As it is, my photos are of things that have seen better days but have been maintained as they are, hopefully safe for the future.

But not all of them. Some have been in the process of being saved for quite some time, like the Govanhill Baths in Glasgow, above. These photos above were taken a few years ago and on going refurbishment works will hopefully restore it. This is the place where my partner learnt to swim, where my mother-in-law would do her laundry in the 1970’s. It is more than a building, it’s part of people’s lives.

There’s something about ruins that make them incredibly appealing, they can be a bit eerie, as if they’re wanting to tell us all they have seen. Others, there’s not much left and the imagination will do the rest. Others still, even as ruins, have a presence and ability to awe. Would they still have such power if they were not ruins?

Finally, when things have seen better days and are nearly all but lost, but we were there, with cameras and the eye to see there’s beauty in everything, right until the end.

Posted for Tina’s Lens-Artists Challenge

25 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Seen Better Days

  1. I love your last sentiment – yes, photographers do indeed capture those moments that show the beauty in everything even as it comes to an end, and preserve them beyond that end. Having said that, I’m so glad those baths are being restored – as you say, they’ve been an important part of people’s lives.

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  2. Did her laundry there? Makes me pause to appreciate how far we have come with laundry and the ease of what we have
    The Photos had nice variety and love the shadows in the 4th photo

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