A Different Side by Seph Lawless

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Ohio-based photographer Seph Lawless has documented two abandoned malls which were once gleaming symbols of the US’s booming economy. Originally built in the 1970s, the spookily deserted shopping centres – Rolling Acres and and Randall Park Mall – once employed close to 5,000 staff. “The goal was to show the world a different side of America. A vulnerable side,” said Lawless. “I think an abandoned mall is symbolic of the economic decline of America and is a true indication of what happens when cities like Cleveland suffers massive population loss due to loss of manufacturing jobs. Cleveland has lost nearly half its population since these malls opened in the mid 1970.”

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