Color in a Decaying World

While visiting my family for Thanksgiving, I told my dad I wanted to go shoot some pictures and then asked if he had any recommendations on locations. I told him I was looking for some sort of abandoned, old “something”. He said he knew just the place and so we set out into the country. We arrived at an abandoned feed mill. This place used to provide food for the many different cow farms in the valley where they live (and I grew up). Perfect!

Much to my surprise, this abandoned mill had been turned into a graffiti artist’s canvas. Graffiti was everywhere! What immediately jumped out at me was the amount of detailed/grand pieces amongst the random yammerings of the local gangs. They were so colorful and well done in this old and decaying environment that I had to take these photos. An interesting thing to point out is that this is not a place that people go to. This is out in the sticks of a small town. These were done purely for limited viewing and appreciation. By the way, I have a few more photos coming that play on the mill environment, seperate from the graffiti; I will put those up in another post.


I am not sure what this stands for, but the creator put a lot of time and color into this one. It stood out like….a color painting on an old oat mill wall…


Spatula? In any case, this had a great presence.

I intentionally ‘colored’ in this photo below sloppily to somewhat mimic the graffiti style. The color is what was there, I did not add any color. The surroundings in this room were so decayed up against this color that I had to dramatize this fact by greying out everything but the color.

Graffiti Rainbow!

This wall had also been attacked by local paintballers. This just added to the color in the grim environment.


4 thoughts on “Color in a Decaying World

  1. marinachetner November 29, 2011 / 6:47 am

    These are cool, and a fun find for you. whilst Williamsburg is far from decaying, it has alot of street art. i just blogged on it if you wanted to take a look. There are about 3 posts on it in total.

  2. Anonymous November 29, 2011 / 6:54 am

    Hey, those came out better than I expected. The gray out was really good. Dad

  3. cyrus yosgotti June 22, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    dos is a local graff crew from brawley its Drunk Or Stoned , Dissing On Suckers etc. and those two you have pics of DOS myself and other crew members did , as well knowing all the other local graffers . well the good ones atleast

    • Andy Buckner June 22, 2013 / 7:44 pm

      Happy you found the images! Hope I represented well!

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