Time comes for us all.
25 incredible photos of the ravages of time.
The process of erosion is constantly happening to all the things around us. Erosion isn't really visible from day to day, but over time its effects become much more apparent. After all, erosion is what gave us the Grand Canyon. Logically, you probably know that things wear out over time - but since you usually see that sort of thing gradually, you might not truly be aware how much things can wear out just from human use. Whether it's from someone repeatedly stepping in a particular spot, or touching the same place over and over again, these things all show the effects of what you might call human erosion. Sometimes the thing that's been eroded can be replaced with a new version - like the sole of a shoe, or the rubber on your wireless mouse. But some, like the divots that are worn into a set of stone steps, can't be replaced. They can only be revered as the sign that time passes, and as Octavia Butler said in The Parable of the Sower
: "all that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you." It's apparent in these photos how much a simple touch can change something. These photos show a dramatic change to tools, clothing, and even people over time.