Layers Revealed

Layers Revealed

Like an archaeological dig, the layers of paint and advertising reveal the long history of this well worn streetcar in Kolkata, India.

The Strong Building, Darien, GA

The tabby, brick, and stucco layers of construction are revealed on this early nineteenth century cotton warehouse in Darien, GA. Tabby is a mixture of equal parts oyster shells, sand, and lime mixed with water. Durable and inexpensive, this building material was used extensively along the coastal Carolinas and Georgia.ย Darien was once a leading Atlantic port for the export of cotton, timber, and turpentine.

Fishing Boat near Les Cayes, Haiti

Layers of peeling paint, caulk, and tar show through on the bow of this wooden fishing boat near Les Cayes, Haiti.

Ship fittings washed ashore

Layers of sand, salt, paint, and rust adorns an old metal fitting washed ashore near Apalachicola, FL

418 Calle Concordia

Laundry hangs in one of grand old homes in Havana; layers of paint, plaster, and brick now revealed from decades of neglect.

Sloss Furnance

Pealing paint ant rust on the long defunct Sloss Furnaces. The blast furnaces made iron in Birmingham, Alabama, for almost a century.

Decaying Grandeur, Vrindivan, India

Decaying grandeur of elegance that once was in Vrindivan, India.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Love this interpretation of the theme.

  2. The thing I like about your work is that you can take what would seem to some to be the most mundane scene and, with your photography, show what would be to most the unseen beauty.

    1. Thanks Mike and thank you for stopping by.

  3. Ron, your images are stunning, as always. The peeling streetcar, the cotton warehouse, the laundry in Havana, and the decaying elegance in India are my favorites. There is definitely beauty in faded grandeur, as I saw in Portugal this summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’ll bet there is a lot to photograph in much of Portugal. Would love to visit.

      1. You would love Portugal! I especially recommend Sintra! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Meredith and thank you for stopping by.

  4. These are beautiful, Ron. If those walls could talk, what tales they might tell.

    1. Indeed, I am sure these walls would have quite the tales to tell. Thank you Ailsa.

  5. So interesting. Love the shutters hanging off that one boarded up building – these buildings have tales to tell. Awesome photo collection! ~SueBee

  6. A fantastic interpretation Ron. Love the first shot of the peeling yellow wall!
    We might be visiting Kolkata next month.

    1. Kolkata is amazing. Am looking forward to seeing your images. I have been enjoying your Delhi and Agra posts. We have added stepwells to our upcoming India trip.Thanks for the tip. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Swati and thank you for visiting.

  7. Great post of beautiful imagery. Layers of the nineteenth century cotton warehouse hit the spot.

    1. Thanks so much. That old warehouse is fantastic. I would love to see the inside.

    2. Thanks so much. That old warehouse is fantastic. I would love to see the inside.

  8. You have done a wonderful job of showing the richness and texture of decay! KUDOS!

    1. “The richness of decay,” I like that! Thanks Denise.

  9. Absolutely amazing images, Ron. Your lens has revealed such beauty in the ugliness of decay and neglect!

    1. Curious, isn’t it, that we find the old and neglected often more interesting than the shinny new.

  10. A true artist finds beauty in the tired old remnants of buildings! Darian – I have friends that live there – I think! They have a second home in Costa Rica and were fun neighbors.

    I am home on the river, though at a cost of slow internet. i am crawling thru posts and am so pleased that these lovely images loaded!
    Happy new year to you and Lynn!

    1. Thanks Lisa. Yes there is beauty in the remnants but it is sad to see so many grand old buildings fall into disrepair. Am happy to see you continue to :find time for art.” You are an inspiration. Hoping the new year is especially kind to you as well.

  11. Fantsastic layers and structures!

    1. Thank you Laura and thanks for visiting.

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