Textures Of Time

Decaying urban architecture has striking visual appeal. But it is their sense of history that adds to the fascination. The all too familiar stories of prosperity and decline, of the ordinary people that built these derelict spaces, of how they lived and laughed within those crumbling walls, and of the reasons that eventually compelled them to leave. And the haunting memories of our own childhood homes further heighten our empathy for these melancholy relics of a forgotten time.



This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Posted by

Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

58 thoughts on “Textures Of Time

  1. Amazing so fascinating – even in the cityscape takes over nature leadership if it seems necessary – very well captured… 😀

  2. Hi Madhu. A great selection. Lucknow is a magical city (at least in my mind). Benarés (Varanasi) is where my great-grandparents were married! 🙂

  3. Somehow a picture of a modern skyscraper doesn’t capture my interest, but these buildings with their crumbling facades do. Beautifully said and captured, Madhu, rich with texture and history. My favorite is the wooden balconies in Varanasi.

  4. The sense of history really is what draws us in I think, and imagining the beauty when it was new. But then again, there is beauty in the old as well. Beautiful post, Madhu.

  5. I love your title, it is so poetic and it captures the essence of the photos.

    They are beautiful but it is almost painful to see these grand places succumb to the ravages of time and perhaps, neglect.

  6. Some of those buildings are so beautiful, with their intricate lacework and attention to detail. It’s a shame our modern culture doesn’t value this type of beauty in architecture any more. My father was telling me how beautiful our town used to be in its early days with red cedar buildings and wonderful ornate lacework on all the verandahs. Then we got modern, tore them down and built ugly brick building in their place! Crazy.

  7. I’m so glad you’re drawing on some of your Indian travels, Madhua. I love to see pictures of Marvelous India, of course, especially through your perceptive eyes. In this instance, where else could better illustrate the theme, and who else to draw this beautiful analogy? 🙂 The crumbling old brick emerging from its stucco casings is so textural, and so evocative of the tragedy of a family’s – a community’s – declining fortunes and all the untold stories still clinging to these buildings. Lovely response.

  8. Tutti i giorni andando al lavoro incontro una casa di campagna abbandonata, ogni giorno vedo che un altro pezzo di tetto o di muro ha ceduto e faccio le tue riflessioni. Peccato che ci passo in auto e non possa fermarmi, sto pensando che potrei armarmi di pazienza e fare almeno una foto una volta la settimana , sempre dallo stesso punto per vedere l’effetto del tempo sulla struttura.
    Ci penserò finite le vacanze.
    Vedo che anche tu resti colpita dai panni stesi, come fossero un segno di vita sui muri che invecchiano.
    Ciao 🙂

  9. Textures of time indeed, textures of memory and loss. Beautiful photos – but you know that 🙂 I am so glad to be able to comment on this. There have been many I haven’t been able to. I am so happy to be back. But before I go – texture of time & menory, but also textures of care and craft: the detailing on these beautiful buildings.

  10. Great pics, imagine the stories behind these buildings. I love the pic of Lucknow with the blue doors 🙂

  11. Varanasi must be the most photogenic place on Earth. I love your architecture shots, Madhu. No Paris? 😉

  12. There can be few places that demonstrate beautiful decay as abundantly as India Madhu, but wouldn’t have been wonderful to see these places in their heyday? Perfect textures 😊

  13. I feel extraordinarily privileged to travel in your India, and to read your profound reflections. I love the eye that sees so much texture in the antiquity of different places. I’m going to miss textures created by time when I return to my village by the sea – although who knows what I might find there with my eyes opened by the posts of you and other mentor- bloggers. I would so love a conversation with Christine on such matters.

  14. Wonderful take on the challenge, Madhu. I find the decaying splendour of these buildings to be both charming and horrifying in equal parts. This stunning architecture must have been absolutely magnificent in its heyday. Your photos are marvellous. 🙂

  15. I was just mesmerized by the slide show Madhu, especially the blue doors. Just think of how many stories passed the threshold…

  16. you knwo that foto of lucknow with blue doors .. reminds me of our old house back in the village we had exactly same well so i think to the door .. and when we renovated we took the doors out and have used them in the new one ..

    lovely pictures all of them

  17. What an eye for beauty you have, Madhu!
    We have been drowning in monsoon rains (highly unusual here!) all day today. But perhaps tomorrow I can be inspired and see through your eyes to the wonder even in old, neglected, “ordinary” structures.

  18. I was going to say Venice wins hands down, Madhu, but I have to be fair 🙂 I love all of these textures- Varanesi maybe not so much.

Let me know what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s