Theme parks not only come with the steel structures, churros and semi-headaches: they come with sounds of screams, laughs and joy. Spending the day with thousands of people creating new experiences at a place that feels like it will be around forever.
But what if all of that goes silent?
There are abandoned theme parks, malls, concert halls, jails and cemeteries all across the U.S. that are not becoming high rises or parking lots. They are just left there to deteriorate and die on their own.
Matthew Christopher, photographer and artist and creator of Abandoned America, is shedding a lot on these quiet catastrophes with his website, galleries and books like "Abandoned America: Dismantling The Dream." He has been touring all sorts of different abandoned locations across the U.S. for years, giving these forgotten locations a voice.
He captures the eerie beauty of places like the Six Flags in New Orleans, which closed down after Hurricane Katrina.
It’s not only about capturing images of these forgotten places. Christopher also works with groups like Friends of Mount Moriah, which is trying to clean up Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.
When he's not traveling the U.S. to find new places to explore, Christopher also teaches photography workshops to anyone who also wants to shed a light on these places of yesteryear that are rich of history and short of care.
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For all about Matthew Christopher’s work check out abandonedamerica.us.
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