Urban Decay

I couldn’t believe my eyes… David and I discovered a giant, purple mass of urban decay!  I had to climb on the roof to get the second shot. 

If I lived in Everett, I’d use this place as a backdrop for portraits. It was so cool!



19 comments on “Urban Decay”
  1. Jessie Kwak says:

    I’ve been looking for design inspiration in abandoned buildings lately, and I stumbled across this post. I’ve paged through blog for the last hour or so, and found so much here to be inspired by! I’m curious as to where in Everett you found this building–I’d like to stop by and see it sometime. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

    1. Hi Jessie – Thank you for visiting! The best I can tell you is that it’s the exit past past the Hwy 2 exit, heading south. Head east and you’ll find it on your way down to the river (where there’s a boat graveyard worth photographing as well!!).

      1. Jessie Kwak says:

        Awesome, thanks! We’ll have to make an Everett excursion one of these sunny weekends.

  2. elmediat says:

    First surprise is no graffiti artists have taken up the challenge. Photos of those walls could make for some interesting texture layers.

  3. When I was a kid there was a popular novelty song about a flying purple people eater. Now you’ve shown us purple plaster. A happy incongruity.

    By coincidence, I’ve been portraying purple in most of my recent posts:


  4. This is wonderful find, Jolene and the purple is trully amazing. I like urban decay when I see it on pictures, I don’t like it much in real life though. Being on such places makes me feel uncomfortable. The bright purple gives a unique look to the dandelion.

    1. I agree, Tomas. Great for pictures, but having to live next to it is a different story.

  5. Jan says:

    Yes, this is stunning – these walls scream out not to be overlooked.
    Great photographs, Jolene!
    And in between all this PURPLE you find this little yellow flower – beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Jan! I’ve never seen a building this color before! It was worth the stop. 🙂

  6. schleefy says:

    Perfect shots….I like the second one most……..

    1. I thought that second shot was going to kill me…what I don’t shot is all of the power lines criss-crossing the roof…

  7. John says:

    Perhaps the world might be a better place if all abandoned buildings were painted such colors!

    Great shots Jolene… and, you’re right: it would be a perfect portrait background!

    1. It definitely beats a boring white building, that’s for sure! Thanks, John!

  8. Jim Reed says:

    Great shots Jolene! I can’t decide if I like the second or third better. There’s something about the background of the third that is just perfect though, so it gets my vote!

    1. Thanks, Jim! I was on the fence about whether to post the dandilion because it’s a weed. But, really – it still has it’s own charm and I like the colors. 🙂

  9. Mike says:

    I looked at the first two shots and thought, “Smurf Suicide Bomber”. Yes I know that’s pretty strange. Great shots, second one was well worth the climb.

    1. Now, “Smurf Suicide Bomber” would have been an intriguing title for this post! 🙂

  10. Wow, that is bright purple, what a find. It looks surreal. Looks like a great place to take photos. Your dandelion looks great in front of the purple backdrop. Love the blue sky against the purple.

    1. Thanks, Martina – I loved the contrast of the sky and the building colors as well. The photos still don’t quite capture what my eye saw though.

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