Implied Space: Robert C. Marsala & the Art of the Abandoned

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A perfect example of Implied Spaces can be found in the photography of Robert C. Marsala. His photographic explorations of abandoned sites and URBEX adventures can be found online on his blog and in his book, In a Different Light: Photographs of Abandonment .

infraredrobert - in a different light

The photography opens the door on recent American history and socioeconomic change. The images of abandoned buildings, technology, industrial sites and various machines of work & transportation reveal the Implied Spaces of both a physical environment and a social environment. These spaces may have been abandoned by the economy, business & government, but not by nature or in some cases people. Living things, sentient and otherwise, will grasp any niche of survival & growth.

In a Small Room (2014) – photography by Robert C. Marsala


These spaces may have become an abode of the desperate & those that society has abandoned. Sometimes they are a place for a voice that will not be silenced -a space where art is born & expressed. In turn, the photographer captures this cacophony of change, creating art and conveying a message of the shadowed hidden feverish recesses of the American dream, decaying and yet defiant.

Soz it Goes (2015) photography by Robert C. Marsala



Cessna 140 Aircraft – Photography by Robert C. Marsala



Visions landing

field, where the sky sleeps dreaming

yesterday’s freedom

Cessna 140 Engine – Photography by Robert C. Marsala

Man builds, Nature grows –

Pistons of life run through wires

rust-time consumes Mech

a nest where art is now born

in a field of furrowed dreams


Visit Robert’s  portfolio page for more images of all things abandoned HERE .




10 thoughts on “Implied Space: Robert C. Marsala & the Art of the Abandoned

    1. elmediat

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂
      His photography is very impressive. He painstakingly prepares both for the photographic aspects of the work and the safety requirements of the exploration. Part of the wonder & beauty is the context of danger – in someways the environment can be even more dangerous than the forest or jungle. Man made toxins and chaotic unstable surfaces can be more treacherous than mountain climbing.

      The implied space of these environments are potentially sources of wonder, life, beauty, art, nostalgia, despair and defiance.

    1. elmediat

      Thanks for dropping by & commenting. Glad you enjoyed the post. Make sure to check out his blog/portfolio. Remarkable photography to be appreciated there.

  1. I love this kind of photography. It has a real haunting beauty to it. These remind me of some of the amazing photos of Chernobyl that I have seen. Of moments frozen completely in time. They have a captivating effect on my mind.

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