As the true artist sees the beauty in every thing around, the urban decay photography concerns with taking photos and documenting abandoned places that people deserted long time ago and turned to ghost cities.
Urban decay photography is a challenging and danger type of photography that get you outside the comfort of studios and take you to places full of dangerous elements, chemicals and sometimes nuclear remains such as the Chernobyl project below (also check The Evocative Appeal of Urban Decay Photography).
Matthew Merrett is a fine art and urban decay photographer based on Canada, but through his long years of experience, he got the chance to take urban decay photos for different abandoned places around the world and various of scenes including train stations, airports, old factories and more. His first project was the Liberty Village in Toronto which he found easy to access without questioning (also check Haunting Photos of Abandoned Amusement Parks).
As he stated in his website, his urban decay photos document places that will be removed due to the redevelopment cycle and erased forever. He described photography as
“The entire premise behind my photography is to bring an unusual perspective and awareness to the things that most people wouldn’t give a second glance to. Exposing the obscure and resurrecting life where it once existed is my photographic passion. By carefully visualizing my surroundings as they once were and are today, the past and the present are captured as one.”
In the urban decay pictures below, Matthew Merrett documents Chernobyl location, one of the places that faced catastrophic nuclear accident not only for Europe, but also for the whole world. The urban decay pictures below were taken by Pripyat, a river in the northwestern Ukraine and southern Belarus.
Through his urban decay photos, Matthew documented the hard times that faced this place during this crisis and each photo tell a story about suffer or pain. Matthew’s urban decay photography project includes other projects such as such as still generating, vehicular decay, Detroit, steel and more.
If you enjoy Mathew Merrett’s urban decay photography, you can check his website for more interesting projects, and you can also check the below articles for more urban decay photos:
- Breathtaking Examples of Urban Decay Photography
- The Evocative Appeal of Urban Decay Photography
- Haunting Photos of Abandoned Amusement Parks