Dave Lawrence: Documenting Decline in Jackson, Michigan


All images by Dave Lawrence. Used with permission.

“To me, photography is an excuse for adventure. I explore abandoned buildings, both in urban and rural settings, throughout Michigan.” says photographer Dave Lawrence in his pitch email. “I like finding good light and interesting stories in these abandoned buildings and homes.”

Dave doesn’t do the more conventional HDR type of urbex photography, instead is work embraces a more film-like, retro-grade approach that reminds you of a cinematic experience. Dave thinks that shadows are what makes urbex photography so interesting. “Shadows equal mystery, and a bit of menace, and more truthfully represent these derelict places. I like exploring spots where the light meets the shadow and creates a dramatic scene.” he states.

And so his journey into urbexing came with documenting an area not too far away from where he lives.


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