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Eerie 'Abandoned America' Photos Depict Spirits of Buildings Past

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Recently we've been sharing the work of talented photographers from around the world depicting eerie, haunting artifacts and locations abandoned by their owners and occupants – from a gallery of abandoned European dwellings to collections of personal articles from asylum inmates. Next up is a series of images from Philadelphia photographer Matthew Christopher, who for the past decade has been capturing a wide range of abandoned structures in the U.S. in various states of decay.
 
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“I want to be able to convey the respect, appreciation and awe that I have for the locations I visit,” the artist says. “Trying to tell someone about a place conveys so little compared to being able to show it to them.”
 
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“My favorite part of exploring ruins is that to me, it is peaceful,” he explains. “I can focus on what I am seeing and experiencing rather than being wrapped up in my thoughts all the time.”
 
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Several high-quality images from Christopher's collection have been compiled by the UK's Daily Mail, a small sampling of which are shown here. Some seem nearly untouched by the ravages of time, with furnishings and fixtures intact... 
 
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...while others have eroded into faint ghosts of their former selves.
 
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Some of the most haunting images come from defunct prisons...
 
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...and long-forgotten movie theaters.
 
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“Sometimes it can get scary,” he admits, “especially if a place is really structurally unstable... that would probably be my biggest concern. I also don't want to get murdered for my camera gear or arrested... I have been lucky so far.”
 
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