Rebecca Skinner photographs abandoned spaces throughout the United States. She is a modern-day urban explorer seeking unique neglected structures and desolate places. Her subject matter includes images of large open spaces and details such as peeling paint and rust. Texture, color and light play an important part of her image making and she is attracted to the beauty of these places as well as the forgotten history. 

Time is of the essence as some locations have since been demolished or restored, while others remain frozen in time. Danger is often present, whether it be from rotten floors, hazardous materials, or unexpected inhabitants. Skinner never goes into these places alone and she is strongly invested in leaving no trace. Working with tripod and natural light, she does not stage her photographs — there is already a story to be told without making any adjustments.

Skinner is a core artist member at the Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. When not out photographing, she spends her time with her husband John and two children; John, 20 years old and Lillian, 17 years old.



To view the complete set of images of each of the abandoned locations I have documented please click here.


***Please do not contact me for locations. Many of these locations were accessed with permission. Some required signing a non disclosure. The majority of abandoned buildings have dangerous conditions whether it be rotten floors or asbestos (requiring a respirator). I always let someone know where I am going and never go alone.***