Decorating Truths From Tony Detroit

He takes photos around Detroit and posts them on instagr.am. Most people would quickly walk past an old abandoned house or dilapidated building or a rotting chair against a moldy wall and only see a depressing mess. He finds the story and shares it with us.

Art takes risk.  Risking knowing that everyone can’t appreciate it.  And then doing it anyway.

Where will you choose to see beauty today?

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Comments

  1. wow. inspiring, convicting. so many emotions from his photos…

    “where will you choose to see beauty today?”

  2. This post makes me happy! Thanks for getting his name out there. As a Michigander, it is refreshing that someone wants to see the beauty in that which others write off. I think it’s important that we keep doing that with our hurting places. Pain isn’t ugly, it’s human.

  3. I appreciate anything that makes “us” unique. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I saw beauty this morning in sugar packets arranged like a flower next to the 6 am coffee service table.

  5. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

  6. awesome, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

  7. Love Tony Detroit!

  8. They are very moody.

  9. I appreciated this so much. Thank you for posting. Very needed this morning. As a beginning artist, I need the encouragement to continue to just go out there and create as God is leading me. HIs work is very beautiful. Love the colors!

  10. Amen!! We had to travel to a remote area of Virginia a few weeks ago, and many of the farms still boast those lean-to buildings that look like old fashioned log cabins. There was something about seeing them against the backdrop of the beautiful green woods that stood out to me. Thanks for sharing the photos!

  11. Lindsey says:

    It’s amazing to see the beauty in things others would never have. Living in the metro Detroit area everyone always sees the negative in our city, thank you for showing that under the mess there truly is beauty.

  12. Those images are really haunting and emotional. What a fascinating look through someone elses’s eyes… wow!

  13. Those images are filled with many emotions. I love art that speaks so deeply to me. It took my breath away. Today I found beauty in my window littered with tiny finger prints and dog noses filtering in the morning light.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Thanks for posting this. I have a soft spot in my heart for Detroit, ever since meeting my friend Juanita — she works for a ministry in Detroit that helps women get out of the s*x industry. Detroit is full of possibilities, and I love seeing it through an artist’s eyes. I think he and Juanita see the world the same way.

  15. And that is what my unstyled life posts are all about. Love this post.

  16. Wowza~ I have a friend who has been putting up photos from early to mid-Century Detroit, from his family’s collection. http://fixedsash.tumblr.com/archive

    I just started using Instagram, too. It’s fun~ I posted about it, of course. http://bit.ly/mTkXJW

    As far as seeing beauty everyday, I love it. I am captivated by the beauty of things and people around me all the time- I just can’t capture it with my iPhone camera. ;)

    I wish I had an eye for putting things on walls like you do- my boring walls are not one of my beauties. I’m ok with placing things on surfaces, it’s the walls that kill me. Gotta work on that.

  17. Oooh, I’d LOVE to find a house like that and totally re-do it! What character! His images are great.

  18. Thanks for a Michigan shoutout! Being from Michigan, and going to Detroit often…these pictures are very true. There are old, big abandoned houses everywhere. And I am sure each has a wonderful story!

  19. i’m originally from Michigan. I would say it is a tragic beauty.

  20. I just can’t help but think the beauty of God is everywhere, and his love is strongest where we wouldn’t expect.

  21. Tony Detroit says:

    Hey guys.
    I was just informed about this little article. I just wanted to thank you. I love the tag line. Very creative! :) I live in Brush Park, Detroit. I love Detroit. I love it’s people. I hope that comes through in the photographs. Thanks!

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