Abandonments

This body of work focuses on the architecture and environments that have fallen victim to the economic downturns occurring in the wake of the industrial boom during the earlier part of the 20th century. After the Second World War American society slowly switched from being a manufacturing based economy to a service oriented economy. The images presented are a glimpse into the slow erosion of the Midwest that’s prevalent throughout many of the rust belt cities. These once thriving metropolises were abandoned by society resulting in a severely impoverished urban communities and failing educational institutions. This portfolio serves as a testament to the people that are affected by these misfortunes and is intended to create awareness and appreciation for the areas cultural and historical significance. Furthermore this work serves to document the problems we face as a society dealing with social inequality and an ever expanding global economy.

© Nate Ortiz Photography

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