Walter Arnold: The Art of Abandonment

I first became acquainted with Walter Arnold‘s photography after a friend saw his work at the iconic Woolworth Walk in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  A Florida native, Arnold eventually made his home in the mountains of North Carolina.  The local natural beauty surrounding his new home inspired Arnold to pick up camera and learn photography.  One day, he stumbled across an airplane graveyard and discovered a passion for abandonment photography — the art of photographing places and things that have been left behind.

Altitude Zero

Altitude Zero

The Tennessee Brewing Company

The Tennessee Brewing Company

Ascension

Ascension

Arnold’s series The Art of Abandoment has taken him to a host of dream-like places, from empty and decaying castles to haunted looking asylums.  He has a gift for capturing the unusual light of these forgotten places.  His photographs allow us to glimpse the beauty that used to exist in many places.  They invoke a kind of stillness and leave viewers wanting to know more about why these places were abandoned.

The Salon

The Salon

The Mason's Castle

The Mason’s Castle

Ride to Ruin

Ride to Ruin

Ascending

Ascending

What I love about these photos is that they show the complete opposite of what we design and curate.  These are places that are no longer cared for.  In spite of the decay and ruin, you can still see the architecture, what once was there, and find inspiration in the beauty of desolation.

Sunlight Sonata

Sunlight Sonata

Marine Hospital

Marine Hospital

It's Always Summer Here

It’s Always Summer Here

Our Home

Our Home

Arnold’s photos are available as metal prints, meaning the images are actually infused into the surface of a sheet of aluminum before being treated with a high gloss finish.  The resulting print is astonishingly vibrant, lending a light to the abandonment photos that must be seen to be fully appreciated.

At Odds

At Odds

Braced for Impact

Braced for Impact

In the Ninth Hour

In the Ninth Hour

Invasion

Invasion

You can see more of Walter Arnold’s photography on his website.  You can also find him on Facebook.