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The World of Urban Decay

The World of Urban Decay

Hi guys,

I’m pretty excited to tell you in the next few weeks I hope to expand the new category of Art & Fashion of Brooklyn Farm Girl.    These two worlds are a big part of my life as it’s my job but I think I do a lackluster job at posting about it!    These are things I hope to post more about:

Fashion – I like wacky, colorful clothes and I love wearing sneakers.  Sometimes I just want to babble on about that pastel dress I saw and can’t stop thinking about.
Beauty – I’m 30 and I just started wearing lipstick.  That’s a big step!  More makeup, beauty reviews and advise on how to make your hair rainbow bright if you’re feeling up for it!
Art – I went to the recent Mike Kelly show at PS1 and because it made me smile, I need to share it with you.   I’d like to feature gallery shows, films, books and plenty of cool things happening around the web.
Personal Art – I really want to tell you more about what Matthew and I do for a living, especially because some of you have asked me!  I document everything, from beginning to start so I think it would be a great spot to show you how we product projects from inspiration, to working with our team and picking out clothes/models, to behind the scenes on set to the long part: post production.   I’d love to show you how we do it all, with screen shots along the way.  I’m pretty excited for these posts.

To kick it off, I wanted to review the new book “The World of Urban Decay” by Photographer Martin ten Bouwhuijs published by Schiffer Publishing.

The World of Urban Decay

After receiving this book I already bookmarked (as in real life bookmarks, weird, I know) a few pages for inspirations for our own projects.   If you’re into texture art, this book is going to be a dream for you and inspire you so much.

Living in NYC lots of people except the city to be new and pretty, but honestly New York is pretty old and at times not so pretty.   I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean that in a great way because I personally appreciate those walls that have paint chipping off, the buildings that haven’t been touched in decades and the factories that people just got up and seemed to disappear.   All that and more is shown in this book.   I think lots of people will appreciate this book.  Those of you who love archicture will enjoy this book.  Those of you who love seeing the beauty in the ugly will enjoy this book.  Those of you who have snuck into a building or through a hole in a fence to take photographs to be kicked out by police (wave your hand proudly if this is you!) will really love and respect the photographer for these images.

Throughout this book you will see the photographer’s regular urban exploration missions throughout Western Europe thhat have culminated in this collection of haunting images made in abandoned hospitals, morgues, monasteries, power plants, schools, factories, swimming pools, and castles. Each location is described in a brief history, so you’ll learn how the building was used and more quick details. 

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Do you love these pictures and locations as much as I do? I especially love the last one.  We have a upcoming film coming up we’re directing and I’m totally dreaming of that location for a specific scene.   It’s just beautiful to me.

Hope you liked this review and enjoyed the beautiful world of urban decay!

You can find more details about this book at Amazon if you’re interested in picking up a copy. 
Credit goes to Schiffer Publishing to allow me to post these pictures and review.

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