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Abandoned: Weekly Photography Challenge


the doctor will see you nowEarlier today we posted a series of photos on the themes of Abandonment and Urban Decay (uplifting stuff wasn’t it). I thought it might make a good theme for this weeks photography challenge too.

While not everyone will have an atmospheric abandoned factory to race out and photograph – hopefully it’s a theme that with a little imagination everyone can participate in.

  • Perhaps there’s an old abandoned building in your area?
  • Perhaps you’ve got something around the house that has been lacking attention (some old gym equipment in our garage springs to mind)
  • Or perhaps there’s something more symbolic that springs to mind that you could photograph?

It’s totally up to you – and we’re not going to judge you for what you photograph. The main thing is to get out and use that camera and show us what you end up doing!

Once you’ve selected the ‘Abandoned’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSABANDONED to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Street Photography challenge where there were some interesting shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • kent durk February 28, 2012 01:08 am

    Hav Fun...

  • Skand Hurkat February 23, 2012 04:01 pm

    I may be a bit late, but here's my contribution:

  • Nintendude64 February 21, 2012 01:14 pm

    For some reason the link in my last comment didn't go through right, so here is the link.

    It’s a picture of an old abandoned barn in my neighborhood. It’s one of my favorite local subjects to photograph.

  • imamtho February 21, 2012 12:51 pm

    here is my contribution,
    location at Tanjung Lesung Beach, Indonesia

  • Raigna93 February 21, 2012 11:17 am

    Abandoned boat at the Marina, thought I would do it in Black and white.

  • Nancy February 21, 2012 01:57 am

  • Nancy February 21, 2012 01:56 am

    I took this photo just south of Anchorage, Ak

  • Victoria February 20, 2012 09:47 am

    Here is my photo:

  • Nintendude64 February 20, 2012 06:13 am

    Here's a picture of an old abandoned barn in my neighborhood. It's one of my favorite local subjects to photograph.

  • Sheeba February 20, 2012 05:40 am

    Near Shatley Springs, NC USA ..

    Weekly Challenge:

    DPS: Abandoned

  • Deb Buchanan February 20, 2012 02:09 am

    My entry for the Abandoned Weekly Photo Challenge...An abandoned piano at an abandoned Church.

  • Deb Buchanan February 20, 2012 01:59 am

    Stefanie...I am having problems inserting my photo with a comment. I have tried several times and have followed the new directions but it doesn't work for me. I think I'm going to do as everyone else and post my flickr link to the pic. Good luck!

  • Chris February 20, 2012 01:30 am

    An old Hudson I pass on my way to work every day.

  • Stefanie February 19, 2012 09:18 am

    ps. am I the only one having trouble with inserting the image in the comment?

  • Stefanie February 19, 2012 09:16 am

    an abandoned puppet theatre in Sao Luis, Brazil:

  • Phill February 19, 2012 08:57 am

    winter storage

    Part of an old steel mill in Cleveland,OH

  • Colm February 19, 2012 07:23 am

    A ruined house on the Aran Islands west of Ireland.

  • Jim February 19, 2012 06:53 am

  • Craig February 19, 2012 04:10 am

    I took this photo yesterday afternoon. It's part of an old mining town in the Rockies.

  • Grandma Deal February 19, 2012 03:42 am

    I enjoy photographing buildings. The older they are, the better. This house is just outside our neighborhood. It's sad to see such a fine house left to rack and ruin.

  • Grandma Deal February 19, 2012 03:33 am

  • Gene Scofield February 18, 2012 01:53 pm

    Old homestead at Hatch, UT near Bryce Canyon overshadowed by the huge cottonwood tree.

  • Joseph Cruz February 18, 2012 11:53 am

  • tom barton February 18, 2012 09:33 am

    Here is another photo

  • Ben Conklin February 18, 2012 08:38 am

    Abandoned Mobile Home Park
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  • Dee Rose February 18, 2012 08:34 am

    Stan Hywet Gardens

  • Al Gleason February 18, 2012 08:26 am

    Here's my contribution - an old house in Franklin, TN - wiped out in the 2010 flood - and abandoned.

  • Steven Bley February 18, 2012 06:58 am

    Here is my contribution. All I shoot is abandoned stuff.

  • Becci Taylor February 18, 2012 02:21 am

    This was taken about 2 weeks before the building as pulled down.

  • Anne Camille February 18, 2012 12:18 am

    I found an abandoned car dash & steering wheel ('78 Lincoln) in the woods on a walk. This is my favorite pic:

    You can see full posts here and and here

  • Mikamagik February 17, 2012 09:41 pm

    Best day with my son at the locomotive graveyard. This is a picture of a long gone diesel engine.[/img]

  • Mike Allen February 17, 2012 04:19 pm

    Found an old abandoned car when I was out for a hike one day

  • Cindy-Sue Causey February 17, 2012 03:27 pm

    Been following you for a long time but this is my bouncing baby first attempt at a challenge:

    Subject is bird seed taken Wednesday specially for the Abandoned challenge.. Timing was perfect..

    Tried to share it earlier but looks like the comment might not have taken.. If it did, my apologies for this being a duplication.. Please delete as needed.. :)

    Cyber hugs from Talking Rock, North Georgia.. :)

  • Kris February 17, 2012 11:22 am

    Here is some of my abandoned pictures. Please check out all of my galleries for more of them.

    Thank you!

  • Dave Beach February 17, 2012 07:12 am

    Most of what I shoot is abandoned

  • tom barton February 17, 2012 06:26 am

    Here is my Abandoned photo taken on
    Sixth St in

  • Beth February 17, 2012 03:38 am

    Old log cabin courthouse.. old truck abandoned

  • Beth February 17, 2012 03:19 am

    Old courthouse log cabin in MO.. abandoned old truck or is it?

  • Denise Foley February 17, 2012 02:51 am

    I took this shot while visiting the abandoned thatched roof cottage owned by a deceased family member in Ireland.[img]

  • Julie Blichmann February 17, 2012 02:37 am

    An old abandoned house in Atchison County Kansas!i=1485844029&k=Dqvzmrr&lb=1&s=M

  • Yan February 17, 2012 01:12 am

    My first UrbEx, Highgate High Level station, which has been closed since 1954. The platform ends and wilderness begins.

    This abandoned branch of the tube network is now London's longest nature reserve (though the Highgate station part is not accessible, unless the gate happens to be left unlocked)

  • Robyn ~ Everyday a la Mode February 16, 2012 11:01 am

    An old abandoned barn and barbed wire.....

    Comments always welcome! Thanks!

  • Mauricio Rodriguez February 16, 2012 05:02 am


  • weapher February 15, 2012 04:53 pm

    Here is my abandoned image. An old abandoned railroad passenger car. Enjoy!

  • Jico Gallana February 15, 2012 03:09 pm

    Dilapidated Chevy:

    Comments always welcome. Thanks!

  • Ruth Moucharafieh February 15, 2012 02:50 pm

    trying again.............

  • Ruth Moucharafieh February 15, 2012 02:13 pm

    hope this works.....first attempts at uploading for a weekly comp!!!

  • Ruth Moucharafieh February 15, 2012 02:05 pm

  • Elizabeth February 15, 2012 06:10 am

    Here are a couple I shot of the abandoned barn across the street from where my son takes piano.

  • Neal Henshaw February 15, 2012 04:28 am

  • Greg Bull February 15, 2012 02:06 am

    Abandoned Tugboat- Staten Island, NY

  • Fer February 15, 2012 12:58 am

  • Francine Gassette February 15, 2012 12:51 am

    Here are three images I photographed of the inside and outside if an old closed down steel mill.
    The Carrie Furnace - Rankin, PA


  • Chris Adams February 15, 2012 12:33 am

    Heres another one at the factory saw the mannequin in the window and thought it would make an interesting shot

  • Chris Adams February 15, 2012 12:28 am

    At an abandoned Factory

  • Hayk Manoyan February 14, 2012 11:40 pm

    Here are my abandoned images

  • AnZanov February 14, 2012 10:10 pm

    Second shot!

    Abandoned Hospital

  • Jennifer Donohoe February 14, 2012 04:01 pm

  • Aaron February 14, 2012 03:13 pm

    Here's my shots!!

  • Lorella February 14, 2012 02:39 pm

    Forgotten Playhouse

  • Jennifer Donohoe February 14, 2012 01:21 pm

  • Santosh February 14, 2012 11:14 am

    Here is one of my pics!!!

  • naplesdnd February 14, 2012 11:00 am

    Sorry, link wouldn't work.

    Last try

  • naplesdnd February 14, 2012 10:55 am

    Photo of the sun coming up through the roof of an abandoned house in Townsend, DE. I liked the subject, just getting started; I hope I did it justice.[/img]

  • michael February 14, 2012 06:28 am

    VW's left behind...

  • BrendanOSullivan February 14, 2012 04:24 am

    I took a short walk along a river today. A walk I have never done before. On my way back to the car I came across a suitable photo for this weeks challenge. Im not sure it reflects too well on where I come from, its a pity really to see this happening

  • AnZanov February 14, 2012 03:01 am

    My choice:

  • Dave February 14, 2012 02:30 am

    Here's a few from a shut down Iron Ore mine near where I live, find on Flickr with tag #DPSABANDONED.

  • Mike Moore February 13, 2012 11:45 pm

    A couple of entries...

  • Raluca Melania February 13, 2012 11:43 pm

    a little desolated...

  • Not So Sharp Shooter February 13, 2012 08:48 pm

    It appears that there was an issue with my original comment. So I'm trying again.

  • roshenk February 13, 2012 05:51 pm

    Before that first cup, such a sight is heartbreaking...

  • Dakota Visions Photography February 13, 2012 04:38 pm

  • Kat S February 13, 2012 02:55 pm

    Here is my entry:
    "vertigo 2" - A corridor in Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center 's intake building. I have 3 abandoned psych centers in my county and they are my favorite places to shoot.

  • Michael February 13, 2012 12:54 pm

    Here are my abandoned images

  • James Labonte February 13, 2012 09:46 am

    Coliseum Ballroom in Benld Illinois after the fire. The building is completely gone now, so I am glad that I took these when I did.

  • Scott Hervieux February 13, 2012 09:46 am

    Here is my contribution!i=1418676061&k=zfLjjpt

  • Lee Renton February 13, 2012 08:55 am
    Highgate Cemetery

  • Lee Renton February 13, 2012 08:54 am

  • Thomas February 13, 2012 08:48 am

    I like these old industrial lights:

  • Not So Sharp Shooter February 13, 2012 08:10 am

  • Joy G February 13, 2012 06:32 am

    My version of Something abandoned.

    Lonely bench in the park. Nobody's gonna be needing that in this weather.

  • Rob February 13, 2012 05:47 am

    Since most are using urban decay/buildings as their example. I figured I would do something different. Here is my interpretation…

  • Bob Sislow February 13, 2012 04:26 am

    An abandoned house about an hour outside of Green Bay, WI:

    Spent a couple of hours at this house, carefully exploring - making sure how to fall through any sections of the floor!

    The album can be found here:

    Another abandoned farmhouse about 45 minutes from Kalamazoo, MI:

    The album can be found here:

    Rural areas in Wisconsin or Michigan are just fantastic to find these hidden gems. Just be careful if you decide to enter one - animals and rotting floors await!

  • Sreenivasa Sudheendra February 13, 2012 01:58 am

    I found more of a haunted thing than an abandoned one....

  • Shelly Still February 13, 2012 01:05 am

    My abandoned entry, a run down shed in Devon

  • Mandrake February 12, 2012 10:05 pm

    My contribution :

  • Jorge M February 12, 2012 05:21 pm

    I just started out guys, but here a few pics, Any comments will be appreciated.(There are a few more in the album ) Thanks

  • Ryan February 12, 2012 01:49 pm

  • William February 12, 2012 01:37 pm

    Here is my first post here and my latest find. I experimented with HDR tone mapping on this one. I am new to the HDR techniques. Please let me know what you think.

  • Mike M February 12, 2012 11:59 am

    Here is my Urban Decay

  • CGMethven February 12, 2012 11:23 am

    Abandoned gas station in Texas:

    A stationery store (Bushmills - Northern Ireland):

  • Frank M February 12, 2012 10:08 am;postID=911475750856322601

    Abandoned Hydroelectric Plant, Glen Ferris, WVA

  • Jessica February 12, 2012 08:41 am

    I love shooting around old buildings/ farmlands. These are some of my favorites.

  • Mike Allen February 12, 2012 08:30 am

    Out browsing at property for sale with a friend and found this old abandoned shed.

  • LJ-Photos February 12, 2012 08:09 am

    I couldn't help checking out this old shopping center whilst in Budapest

  • Srivatsa February 12, 2012 08:07 am

  • LJ-Photos February 12, 2012 07:29 am

    Here is the link to my first ever entry her at DPS it's an Abandoned Shopping Centre in Budapest.

  • Corey February 12, 2012 06:17 am

  • Frank February 12, 2012 05:40 am

    This may be late as it its your theme of Urban Decay as well. This site is in a deeply depressed area of West Virginia, with coal mining as the only real industry

  • tjade February 12, 2012 05:37 am

  • Raluca Melania February 12, 2012 04:47 am

    as I was strolling through a small village some time ago, I found my inspiration

  • Bill Yanneck February 12, 2012 04:20 am

  • Connor Kane February 12, 2012 04:04 am

    Here is an abandoned railroad near the historic city of Pittsburgh.

    Here is something symmetrically, rusty, and surely abandoned.

    Thank you!

  • James McKenzie-Blyth February 12, 2012 03:56 am

    A couple of my favorites. I cant choose one.




  • naplesdnd February 12, 2012 03:54 am

    My contribution of an abadoned house in Townsend DE at sunrise.

  • James McKenzie-Blyth February 12, 2012 03:50 am

    Here is my 'Abandoned Black and White' photo set on Flickr have a look people –

  • Rebecca stanard February 12, 2012 03:39 am

    Just a few. I do abandoned a lot.

  • lrntc February 12, 2012 03:22 am

    Abonded Fort

  • dok February 12, 2012 02:14 am

    Here is one :

    And if I may add a second one :

  • Jan February 12, 2012 01:25 am

  • David Gvozdenovi? aka. Fricetix February 12, 2012 01:01 am

    here's my photo:

  • Debra Miller February 11, 2012 11:54 pm

    Ft. Hancock - Sandy Hook NJ

  • Debra Miller February 11, 2012 11:52 pm

    Abandoned building - Ft. Hancock - Sandy Hook NJ

  • Mihai February 11, 2012 11:09 pm

    Although it was taken a while back, it's an abandoned part of a sawmill back to the place my mother was born.

  • Melli February 11, 2012 09:08 pm

    From my "Project Spaces" - an abstract image: Broken Spaces

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer February 11, 2012 05:09 pm

    Haikyo/urban exploring/abandoned images from a decaying doctor's clinic deep in the countryside of Japan featuring a preserved brain in a jar!

    This clinic supported a small mining town nestled in a fell valley.

  • Guruprasad Hegde February 11, 2012 03:47 pm

    One more!

  • John Hanlon February 11, 2012 03:33 pm

    Not completely abandoned, but the pattern of the roof of this barn caught my interest.

  • Guruprasad Hegde February 11, 2012 03:01 pm

    here is my shot for this theme!

  • Jose Naranjo February 11, 2012 02:31 pm

    This caught my attention about abandoned. Like running away from your old live and crossing oceans to start a new life. It reminded me about all the emigrants that are far from their home land today.

  • thomas tiernan February 11, 2012 02:28 pm

    this is my addition

  • Rosario Velázquez February 11, 2012 02:07 pm

    An abandoned house near my home. Will be demolished.

  • john j February 11, 2012 01:53 pm

    The sign in front of an abandoned meat processing center in Saluda, SC.

  • ponycargirl February 11, 2012 01:49 pm

    Junked cars in Alaska:

  • raghavendra February 11, 2012 01:34 pm

    As when photography comes to picture, every one tells about portrait and nature.
    This article gives us a new perspective.

    Here’s mine

  • Barry February 11, 2012 11:33 am

    Definitely a fun topic, I have a small collection here

    Can't wait to see the rest of the things people find. Helps to get new ideas for day trips.

  • DJ February 11, 2012 10:54 am

    An abandoned barn near Oberlin Ohio:

  • Dee February 11, 2012 10:25 am

    You might want to check your title - I read this and though the weekly challenge had been abandoned for some reason!

  • Matt February 11, 2012 09:44 am

  • Tom O'Connor February 11, 2012 09:44 am

    This is so abandoned that it's hard to imagine what it was originally:

  • April February 11, 2012 09:05 am

    Abandoned (it appears) child at an Abandoned Barn, waiting for her ride

  • James W. Bailey February 11, 2012 08:37 am

    What remains of the historic Sarepta Baptist Church located in Webster County, Mississippi.

  • Jeff February 11, 2012 08:20 am

    Just took this shot a few days ago:

  • Theo February 11, 2012 08:19 am


  • Tim Keller February 11, 2012 07:53 am

    Here's one from my Flickr collection of the old Newark State School in Newark, New York. Feel free to check out some of the others.

  • Adam February 11, 2012 07:10 am

    Loving the site, keep up the good work guys.

    Took this photo fairly recently at an abandoned paper factory in my village.

  • Jeff E Jensen February 11, 2012 07:06 am

    An old homestead:

  • Brenda February 11, 2012 07:04 am

    An abandoned lumber mill:

  • Zain February 11, 2012 06:46 am

    Abandoned house

  • Jeff E Jensen February 11, 2012 06:13 am

    This old bus is abandoned, but certainly not forgotten:

  • jim February 11, 2012 06:09 am

    I shoot in abandoned places just about every weekend in Detroit. Benefits of living close to Detroit I guess.

  • Wrenchead February 11, 2012 06:05 am

    Run down building detail, Singapore.

  • Wrenchead February 11, 2012 06:04 am

    In an old cemetery in Paris.

  • Steve February 11, 2012 05:45 am

    Old abandoned sugar cane truck in Zululand (hdr)

  • David February 11, 2012 05:35 am

    Although not taken today I had an exhibition dedicated to the urban decay of a 400 year old mill in the city where I live. Entitled Through the Mill (see what I did there). It covered a series of areas and topics from windows, metal, and heads. This post lists the 9 photo series within the urban decay exhibit

  • David Thomas February 11, 2012 05:33 am

    Here is my contribution:

  • MikeC366 February 11, 2012 05:26 am

    Here is my abandoned contribution.