Detroit resident chronicles his city's desolation

Friday - 4/5/2013, 1:36pm EDT

In an April 3, 2013 photo, Tony Majka, who is also known as Tony Detroit on Instagram, uses his iPhone to photograph an abandoned home in Detroit. Majka has been chronicling Detroit's blight epidemic in a unique and popular way. Under the name "Tony Detroit," he's been taking photos of the city's many abandoned structures with an iPhone and posting them on Instagram. The simple shots of Detroit's desolation has earned him better than 300,000 followers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) -- Tony Majka has been chronicling Detroit's blight epidemic in a unique and popular way.

Using the name "Tony Detroit," he takes smartphone photos of the city's many abandoned structures and posts them to Instagram.

While most users on the photo-sharing site have dozens or maybe hundreds of followers, Tony Detroit's simple shots of Detroit's desolation have earned him over 300,000.

He's been posting two to three photos a day, but Majka says he's ready to slow down, putting up only one or two a week.

Majka says he's "not making fun of" his hometown but is bringing "awareness to the beautiful architecture" of the decaying metropolis.

A longtime auto industry employee, Majka says taking photos of Detroit's underbelly is "more entertaining" than his day job.

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