Beautiful houses in America
“To find beauty in the most grotesque things is a gift, ” says photographer Seph Lawless, whose interest in forgotten places and people have led him (and his camera) to abandoned shopping malls, shuttered amusement parks, and post-Katrina New Orleans. For his latest project, a new photo book and e-book titled, Lawless trains his lens on a host of abandoned homes, which are as stunning to look at as they are eerie to witness.
“My goal with the project is to challenge and hopefully inspire the viewer to see beauty in even some of the most grotesque things that we see, ” Lawless tells mental_floss “It's been an ongoing theme with most of the projects that shows a different perspective of America that exemplifies some of America's greatest ills.”
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This house in Brush Park, Michigan may not look familiar now—but wait until next year. "It's being used as Batman's mansion for the upcoming movie Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, " says Lawless, who was "hired as a location scout for the production after the assistant director saw my image of that house in the news."
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In 2013, Cleveland police arrested 35-year-old Michael Madison, a suspect in at least three murders. Believing that he hid the bodies of his victims in nearby abandoned homes, they searched several—including this one, in East Cleveland.
"The legend is that this home is haunted by a father and son that died during a hunting accident, " explains Lawless of this house in Nova, Ohio. "The boy shot the father by accident then the boy committed suicide."
Beware of witch! According to Lawless, many believe that this house in Milan, Ohio is haunted, "based on several people believing a witch was buried on the property that may have even predated the home itself. The house was eerily abandoned with an equally abandoned barn, but was partially in use when I noticed a huge bison the size of a truck stump out of the barn into the grazing yard—oddly out of place and almost as if it was guarding something."