These haunting photographs capture decaying elements of American society by documenting the factories, schools and churches abandoned over time.
Taken by Matthew Christopher, who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the collection of pictures show a variety of empty buildings in various states of disrepair.
Some buildings appear untouched, with all of its furnishings absolute pristine, while others depict how nature has reclaimed the buildings and turned them into ruins.
Matthew, 35, began his journey to document abandoned sites a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system.
“A cafeteria at undisclosed prison”
Matthew said: ‘I want to be able to convey the respect, appreciation and awe that I have for the locations I visit. Trying to tell someone about a place conveys so little compared to being able to show it to them.
‘Discovering new or intriguing places, finding something you know not many people have seen, or managing to get permission to somewhere you’d really like to see are also a lot of fun.
‘My current goal is figuring out new ways to make sites more accessible and raise funds for site maintenance or restoration efforts, as well as continuing to add to the amount of locations I photograph.
“End of an era: Packard was founded by James Ward Packard and his brother William Doud Packard in the city of Warren, Ohio, in 1899”
‘I am typically pretty busy, always working out how to take things one step further and help people understand what is so important about them, both historically and in terms of their cultural significance to our own era.’
“Out of service: An organ sits among the debris inside the disused Church of the Assumption in Philadelphia”
“Where time stands still: An abandoned clothing factory still with all the machinery on tables as if it were left yesterday”
“Forgotten over time: A building once owned by the Packard motor car company, which produced its last vehicle in 1958”
“The derelict blast furnace of the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, Pennsylvania”
“The rusting cell blocks of Essex County Jail in Newark, New Jersey, which have been unused since the prison closed in 1970 “