Ohio’s Geauga Lake was once an amusement park full of life housing the famous Big Dipper ride. It was open for decades before shutting its doors in 2007. Now it’s a gloomy shell of what it once was.
Yet, this is just one of many abandoned amusement parks that can be found throughout the United States as well as overseas. They sit unmaintained and in ruin.
Pseudonymous photographer Seph Lawless decided to showcase some of these defunct theme parks in his book Bizarro: The World’s Most Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Theme Parks. He also added some extremities to the photos by shooting at sunset or during thunderstorms — the latter almost put him in life-threatening scenarios.
“It was entirely unorthodox as a photographer to do that, but I never really considered myself one anyways. I’m merely an artist that tries to offer different creative perspectives,” he says.
These theme parks might not have ghost tales attached to them like Lawless’ abandoned homes series, but the photos are just as eerie and speak to a bigger issue.
“This project showcases America’s economic decline that rips into heart and soul of our country,” says Lawless, who examined the same idea when he photographed deserted shopping malls. “Images of an abandoned amusement park once filled with laughter and joy eerily sitting abandoned and forgotten sends the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. That was the goal.”
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