Hyperreal photographs of interior decor decay


Dresden, Germany-based photographer Matthias Haker created an absolutely stunning photo series of abandoned buildings' lavish interiors in all their deteriorating hyperreal beauty. It's called Decay. You can purchase prints at Deviant Art.


  1.  Yes, there are very good people who do this “decay” photography, who don’t need this overblown HDR crap.

  2. He’s obviously a good photographer. And if someone likes it and is willing to buy it, good for him.

      1. Lol you are right!
        I guess the thing that bugs me about Kinkade is how well respected he was, instead of being known for producing a gimmick. That’s fine if you like taco bell, but please don’t refer to it as fine Mexican cuisine.

        1. I’m interested in which art critics respected him.  The general public might have respected him, but they have proven themselves time and time again to be absolute dolts prone to follow a gimmick.

        2. He was respected for his quaint political and religious leanings.  The fact that right-wing religious fanatics emotionally resonate to saccharine crayon art is just a coincid….  Well, actually there might be a good neuroscience paper in there.

          One former dealer’s lawyer stated “Most of my clients got involved with Kinkade because it was presented as a religious opportunity. Being defrauded is awful enough, but doing it in the name of God is really


  3. HDR was impressive the first time I saw it, but it’s so ubiquitous and over-the-top now that it makes anything with it applied *less* appealing, not more.
    This is what kids in 20 years time will laugh at for being clichéd the same way my generation looked at the photos of our parents wearing flares and afghan coats. This and fake film filters.

  4. I wanted to pooh-pooh this like everyone else, but then I looked at the pictures and realized that HDR still looks awesome. I apologize for being insufficiently jaded.

  5. HDR is just a tool folks… It’s another weapon in a digital photographer’s growing arsenal. You’d be amazed how many photos you’d never ever imagine being HDR were actually shot using multiple exposures and composited for maximum dynamic range. In fact, what laymen blanket label as “HDR” is really detail contrast which you can max out on almost any old image…

    1.  True.
      The underlying image may or may not be HDR (in fact, the fact that you can see what’s outside the windows tells you it is), but this really strong bloom and extreme local contrast enhancement is sort of getting old by now. Which is a shame because when I first saw such images I wanted to do those to, and I haven’t really gotten around to it yet, and now it’s old.
      I’m still doing HDR images, just not with such extreme local contrast and dynamic range compression. It’s not only not original anymore, it’s kind of worn out by now. Go process them in a different way. Make it interesting. This type looks really kitschy to me by now.
      This is certainly different for people who haven’t seen as many of these images as I have, but … yeah, that’s enough.

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