16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Urban Decay

My work “Urban Decay” provides a visual record of the forgotten and neglected spaces that are present in society. Every location has a story of its past, its present state and the plans for its future. Documenting these spaces offers new perspectives on the places that were once important; now left to decay as humanity progresses. The photographs serve as a reminder that these places were once an integral part of the community, and should not have been forgotten. My aim is to preserve these spaces through the perpetual medium of photography in order for audiences to see and interpret the history of these spaces for themselves. My work also intends to surface questions regarding attitudes towards our society’s system for the cycle of neglect and renewal. From derelict mental asylums to abandoned high schools, these spaces have fallen into disuse and disrepair – a direct result of our lack of concern for their significance.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Sydney, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Blake Wise