Are We Unfairly Stigmatizing Rust Belt Photography?
Many people are not shy in expressing disdain for the kind of photography that has been branded as "ruin porn." Though I have to say -- as a Clevelander inundated with vacancy to the point one becomes forced to create a new perception of decay else shrink into a corner -- I don't get too moved by the critiques.
Well, let's get the name thing out of the way first, because if the practice of photographing industrial and urban ruins was simply Ruin Photography as opposed to Ruin Porn then much of the debate wouldn't exist. But it does. And we have the word "porn" to thank for it.