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40 Provoking Shots of Urban Decay

40 Provoking Shots of Urban Decay

When I think of the word ‘urban’ I often visualize decay, graffiti, dirtiness etc… Clearly urban locations can offer much more than these negative connotations, yet the idea of ‘urban decay’ seems permanently attached to conceptions of the ‘urban’.

However, the magic of great photography is that it can take ordinary, or even distress subject matters and expose their hidden beauty and their unique interesting qualities. Towards that end I’ve compiled 40 hugely impressive shots of urban decay, each of which accentuates it’s subject into something beautiful. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. Mike says:

    Wow, some really stunning shots here. Beautiful in it’s desperation, “i fear for us” is so powerful.

  2. Ostap says:

    Great photos!!

  3. Dany Vilela says:

    Interesting photos but…provoking might be to strong ^^’

  4. Laira says:

    Nicely captured the real beauty of the urban….simply awesome…thanks…

  5. Hi Tom, these are amazing! For shots that feature urban decay, these are “beautiful” in the way it captures and drives the message across. Apparently, even with the progress and moving forward concepts of urbanization, things do get left behind.

  6. Some really great photographs in the selection.

  7. Wow, some really awesome photography. Captures the feel of urban decay brilliantly!

    Great post.

  8. webangel78 says:

    Very good selection. I see my city on one of the photos :)

  9. Vim says:

    Nice post Tom, I find Decaying buildings so depressing and eerie, these images has captured reality of life and the slightest touch to these images such as the graffiti, adds to the urban-ness.

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