A new book has been released that features unique images of abandoned locations across the United States of America. The collection contains beautiful pictures of a variety of different sites such as derelict houses, run down theatres, former schools and forgotten ships.
The book, called Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, showcases the work of photographer Matthew Christopher who spent the last few years travelling and documenting diverse sites all over the country. It contains 150 photographs of 14 diverse locations, showing worlds forgotten by society. It also contains a selection of essays that offer historical context and information on the chosen locations.
The photographer first started visiting abandoned sites ten years ago, with the idea of researching the decline of state hospitals across the country. Since then, Matthew Christopher’s work has expanded to include infrastructure sites such as schools, churches, prisons, resorts, hotels and theatres.
“The interesting thing about abandoned places is that they show us a side of our culture we may not otherwise get to see. The sites in my book were chosen so as not to only tell a one-sided story, some places may have had tragic pasts and should have been saved rather than destroyed, but others are being reused and re-imagined in ways that may transform their communities in the process,” Matthew told Lonely Planet News.
The collection includes pictures of the SS United States, a derelict ocean liner moored in Philadelphia that was once the fastest passenger ship ever built, the Victory Theatre in Massachusetts, Randall Park Mall in Ohio, Catskill Game Farm in New York and Vulture City in Arizona, a ghost town that was built around a gold mine.
“What I have found is that so many people have personal connections or interests in these places. It changes the experience so much to know you’re not peering into the darkness alone, and that when your eyes adjust you can really learn a lot about who we are,” Matthew said.
More information on Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream is available at Matthew’s website.