In the past few years, there have been numerous articles written about the deaths of malls, and how these abandoned structures have become popular haunts for photographers and urban explorers alike.
This past December, as I wandered through the vacant space between Super Target and Burlington Coat Factory which was once the El Con Mall in Tucson, Arizona, I did feel a little sad. Malls had played a pretty important role in my young adult years (see my blog Farewell to the Mall for more), and it seemed somehow inappropriate that Tucson's first such venue was now define by an empty space. Even more disappointing for the urban explorer in me was that I'd missed the opportunity to photograph El Con as an abandoned place before it met its doom beneath the tracks of a bulldozer.
Fortunately, the photo documentation of abandoned shopping malls is a popular pasttime now and there are numerous online features which offer haunting and nostalgic looks back at what was a centerpiece of American culture during the 1980s and 90s particularly. Toward that end, I'm listing a few of the best photo essays I could find below:
If you've crept through the empty hulk of a shopping mall and would like to share any of your images here for others to enjoy, please email them here. You must be the copyright owner of the photograph(s) and give me written permission to use it in this blog. Thanks.