Welcome to ArtDecay, a creative venture founded by two passionate photographers, Isabelle and Christhope. Our shared love for capturing the beauty of decay and abandonment has brought us together not only as business partners but also as a couple.
Our journey of exploring the hidden treasures of the world began 8 years ago when we discovered a mutual interest in abandoned places. Fascinated by the stories that lie behind these forgotten structures, we embarked on a mission to document the beauty of decay.
We believe that there is a certain elegance in the way things age and that the process of decay can be just as beautiful as the creation itself. With ArtDecay, we want to share our vision and showcase the hidden beauty in the forgotten and neglected aspects of our world.
Through our photography, we strive to create a visual narrative that highlights the beauty of impermanence and the passage of time. Each photograph is a reflection of the intricate details and textures that make each abandoned location unique. Our photographs are not just beautiful, but they also serve as a reminder of our impact on the world. They showcase the consequences of neglect and abandonment and serve as a call to action to preserve our history and heritage.
Our passion for photography and travel has taken us to some of the most remote and overlooked places in the world. From crumbling factories to abandoned mansions, we capture the unique character and history of each location through our lens.
At ArtDecay, we are not just photographers; we are storytellers. Our photographs are not just images of decay; they are stories of resilience and beauty in unexpected places. We hope to inspire others to explore the hidden beauty in the world around us and to appreciate the beauty in everything.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our vision. We invite you to explore our portfolio and discover the hidden beauty of decay through our lens.
Christophe Van De Walle
I am Christophe Van De Walle, photographer of abandoned locations. Urban Exploration, that's what I do. Visiting and recording a small piece of history of abandoned, or rather, forbidden locations ... For years I have been walking through abandoned buildings, simply because it gives me satisfaction. A certain feeling that you can not describe. You have to experience that. The transience, the silence, the decay, the fright of certain ambient sounds that break the silence and give you goose bumps. The adrenalin that rages through your body when you have succeeded in finding an entrance, because we do not break in. We visit ... in a broad sense of the word. That we have to brave a fence for that, or crawl through a cellar, we don’t care about that. Even security does not stop us from constantly seeking this feeling. We must realize that people leave history behind the walls of all abandoned buildings. Sometimes buildings are left behind with the whole interior intact and then you imagine yourself really dozens of years back. Then suddenly you are faced with a calendar that has been torn off on a date somewhere in 1966 ... and it is still hanging on the wall patiently. That is perhaps the best example to describe the atmosphere that I experience during my trips. A calendar that stops in 1966, and there you stand for a while in %current_year% . then you start thinking ... It took some years before I realized that I had to record this history. Capture for anyone who does not realize what has happened behind those walls. And with that, impermanence comes First
Isabelle Van Assche
Photography has been a big fascination of my. More than 8 years ago I decided to buy a better camera and take a photography course. That was the moment in my life I encountered my big passion. Architecture photography and capture the beauty of nature is what I loved to do. But the day I walk for the first time in an abandoned building, I knew... I don’t want to do anything else. The history and mystery from an abandoned building is so fascinating. It’s amazing to see how nature is taking over buildings. I want to be a witness of this abandoned beauty and capture the decay.