Growing up, the mall was the place to be. You would go to hang out with your friends almost every weekend. It was always busy with hundreds of people, music and smells of candy and delicious foods. The mall encompasses everything that is America. The giant structure, the competition between shops, the grandeur of the food court with carousels and music. A mall is much more than a group of stores in the same building. There are performances and fashion shows all under one giant roof. Hell, Santa and the Easter Bunny visit the malls of America for a few weeks out of the year. It almost sounds like a modern day circus when you think about it. Popularity of malls across America have been on a steady decline though and seem to be disappearing. This probably has a lot to do with the ease of internet shopping as well as the option of comparing prices online. Photographer Seph Lawless wanted to capture the decline of America’s economy and visited two abandoned malls in Ohio. The photographs Lawless took are haunting and desolate. They create an eerie feeling that chills to the bone even though it’s just an abandoned structure.
Lawless used to enjoy cotton candy growing up under those escalators above.
What used to be a fountain set as the centerpiece to this beautiful mall stands dead and stagnant.
The entrances have dilapidated and been vandalized looking like a modern ghost town.
There just simply isn’t enough money and it’s not worth it to repair and rejuvenate these once majestic structures.
Other than a handful of vandals, these malls have not seen a person in years.
Although lifeless, they hold character and make for amazing pictures.
It’s almost as if these malls just ceased to exist overnight.
It amazes me that a building this big can be completely forgotten and abandoned. It seems like it would have many purposeful uses.
It’s sad to know that these buildings will be demolished any day for safety reasons.
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