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Rolling Acres Mall: Photos Capture Snowy Indoor Images of Abandoned Mall

By    |   Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:14 PM

A photographer’s unique vision captured the abandoned Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio, with its indoors covered in snow.

Urban explorer and photographer Johnny Joo posted photos of the Rolling Acres Mall, deserted since 2008, on his Facebook page showing a snow-covered interior after skylights cracked and broke, letting in the weather. The photos created an eerie setting, with escalators covered in snow and other indoor sights taken over by nature.


He also has a book, “Empty Spaces, Abandoned Places,” out soon. It features everything from dental chairs at an abandoned asylum to the empty St. Joseph Byzantine Church in Cleveland.

Postings of the mall photos brought people to Joo’s Facebook page to reminisce about the days when the mall was full of people.

“Thanks for posting - I am obsessed with seeing these photos of my old stomping ground,” one person wrote on a mall picture. “I had my first job there, bonded with my sisters and my aunt there, and wasted a lot of hours there! This is an absolutely surreal view. Must have been even more so in person.”

In a 2013 essay on his website, Architectural Afterlife, Joo wrote of his attraction to abandoned, often derelict landscapes: “I tend to be more fascinated with the darker aspects of a city or town, rather than its bright lights and flashy shops, pouring out today’s newest ‘hot thing’ to the masses. I enjoy much more, climbing through the walls and crevices of shops, markets, and curio stations that sit forgotten in the shadows, blanketed with yesterday’s forgotten fads; coated in dust, obscured in the neglect of human interaction.”

Joo, 24, said on his website that his fascination with urban exploration began when he was 16 and discovered an abandoned farmhouse.

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