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Beauty and Desolation: Photography by Matt Emmett

A photo of a grand hall of an abandoned houseImperfect Symmetry

Matt Emmett of Forgotten Heritage is an urban explorer and photographer, capturing beauty and desolation in the places he visits. Matt has photographed many abandoned locations all over the world, capturing in various states of decay as they slowly return to wilderness.


His series of photos of the same locations show the progression of nature as it retakes a space and how certain spaces become overgrown sooner.  Most of the buildings and objects in the photographs have been left untouched for many years.


A photo of an old power plant control room1950's Control Room - Battersea

Matt photographs settings ranging from nuclear plants, train stations and airplane hangars, to family homes and kitchens. It’s really interesting to see plants and moss growing all over what was once an engineering marvel, and yet the occasional simple image of a vine snaking into what was once a living room is especially poignant. 

A photograph of a long-abandoned jet nozzleJet Nozzle

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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