By Jack Williams
This haunting photography series is somewhat of a nostalgic roller coaster, as it brings to life abandoned theme parks from all around the world.
Seph Lawless’ series includes the likes of a yellow brick road in North Carolina; a gratified roller coaster in Berlin; and an overgrown dinosaur park in Michigan.
The photographer, from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, came up with the idea for the series when working on his initial abandoned location project – a voyage that resulted in a book titled “Autopsy of America: The Death of a Nation.”
Throught that book – which looked to document the forgotten parts of the United States – Seph, 38, came across a number of deserted theme parks, which were a genre of location, he said, that fascinated him most, along with the likes of asylums and schools.
Continuing his Autopsy of America series, at home and abroad, Seph has traveled to 13 amusement parks in total.
Theme parks, he said, are “a poignant look at United States,” adding, “America is like a ride at an amusement park. We’ll keep saying our country is great and fun until it stops working.”
These images have since been made into a book, “Abandoned: Hauntingly Beautiful Deserted Theme Parks,” which was released in October of 2017.
They are also the type of shot that have gained the most interest on his popular social media channels. [Hyperlinks below – please include where possible.]
In order to visit such decaying wonders, Seph relies on a number of sponsors, admitting that he rarely uses Google to search for them.
The series, Seph said, is ongoing, and with more books on the horizon, he also plans to add to his documentation of abandoned shopping malls also.
He said: “As a known activist, my work isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
“I’ll continue to exploit social media platforms and raise social awareness to important issues effecting our country.
“I encourage social activism amongst the half of million fans that follow me and often times, my images lead to social change.”
HYPERLINKS TO SUPPORTING PAGES
Abandoned: Hauntingly Beautiful Deserted Theme Parks by Seph Lawless https://www.amazon.com/dp/1510723358
Autopsy of America: The Death of a Nation
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SEPHLAWLESS