Unlikely Beauty in Scenes of Urban Decay by Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart, also known as @wet_rats on social media, practices a style of photography that focuses on distinct and often unique objects in urban settings. He manages to position himself in a way that frames his subjects from an uncommon viewpoint.

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Stewart often stops to shoot objects that a regular passerby may not even turn to glance at.

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When Vulgaris Mag asked Stewart to describe his work, he told us: “It is always easier for me to describe where work comes from, than to describe what it is. In this case, these images are the result of two dominating influences, the first being a background in DIY theatre, where the scrap heap and re-purposed materials are vital as storytelling resources. Tricks of light and a sense of humour go a long way, and any space tends to become a playing space”.

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As for the second main factor influencing his works, Stewart points to parenthood: “The somewhat recent development of becoming a stay-at-home parent has also had an impact. Traipsing around with a tiny-limbed human who possesses an infinite curiosity for minute details really forces you to slow down and take a look at things on a closer level”.

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To see more of Stewart’s work, you can follow him on Instagram here.



Kira is an avid enthusiast of photography, poetry and the arts in general. She holds a degree in Communications and English Literature at the University of Ottawa.

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