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Recollections: Preserving the Memory of Southeast Ohio’s Abandoned Buildings

Photographer Josh Zielinski explores the history of abandoned properties in southeast Ohio


Photographs by Josh Zielinski

Recollections is the result of four years of work documenting abandoned structures in and surrounding Southeast Ohio. With an interest in photography and historic preservation as his motivation, photographer Josh Zielinski began his journey by mailing his first letter to a property owner in September of 2020 requesting permission to photograph their structure and hear about the history they have. He has since photographed nearly 100 abandoned properties around Southeast Ohio, and many more in the state as a whole. Of the numerous properties photographed thus far, 30 are featured here, along with an arrangement of antiques collected along the way.

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