10 photos of Detroit’s ruin porn from an urban explorer.

10 photos from abandoned Detroit.

10 photos from abandoned Detroit.

I got serious about photography in August 2009 when I bought my first digital SLR camera, the Pentax K-2000.  I purchased it as a gift to myself for my birthday because I always had an appreciation for the art of photography and I was taking the steps I thought were necessary to get better at taking photos.  I’ve learned now that you don’t actually need a $400 camera to learn photography.  You can learn on any camera.

I bought my camera while I was traveling across the country and my point and shoot camera got too much sand in it from sleeping on the beaches in California and broke.  At the time I didn’t have a job, anywhere to be, or a single obligation outside of making myself happy.  I had plenty of time to dive into this new hobby.

My trip would continue on for 3 months with this camera.  When it was all said and done, I had traveled for 6 months and was heading back to Detroit to figure out what was next.  Part of what was next was learning how to be a skilled photographer.  I went out every day taking hundreds of photos for the next several months.  Most of these photos were “ruin porn”.

It was in these abandoned buildings in 2010 that I learned how to use my camera.  I saw some of the most amazing architecture in a light that many people don’t get a chance to appreciate.  I walked through schools, hospitals, and factories that have been forgotten into a state of post industrial urban decay.

I’ve since grown as a photographer and don’t find as much appeal in these places, but the work I did in there will be a reminder of these places that may never be seen again.  I still have a fond love of architectural photography and I think it comes from my roots as an urban explorer.

Photos of Detroit’s ruin porn from an urban explorer