Dust, shards of glass, gravel, and grit coat heavy vines that spiral down empty stairs. They’re more than concrete and steel—as nature takes over abandoned buildings, they come alive.
Through journalistic and experimental photographs, Sam Smith aims to capture the unique architectural character, mood, and mind of Cincinnati’s dilapidated buildings. Discover the rich history of Queen City’s vacant structures as they rose and fell.
Step inside a 150-year-old ornate cathedral, a middle school auditorium, the skyscraper office of Cincinnati’s once largest employer, and a four-story furnace room that was used to manufacture ammunition for World War I.
From an amusement park to a chemical research facility turned into a chop shop, disuse has brought brevity to these abandoned structures. Experience the ruins of Queen City as they find new life through decay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Samuel Wright Smith is a photographer, filmmaker, and animator located in Cincinnati and New York City. Smith was surrounded by visual art from a young age, and it quickly became his life. Garnering experience as a journalistic writer and photographer through high school, his interest only grew. He has made it his goal to share images that are both personal and universal. At only nineteen years old, Sam Smith aims to continue on a path where he can share light and experience with others through art. Smith currently attends New York University and is studying film. To see more of Sam Smith’s work, visit www.samwsmith.net and follow @samwsmith33 on Instagram.