I was born in Akron, Ohio. I still live in Akron, Ohio.
Akron is the city that has been making a comeback since before I was born. It will happen someday! I guess. Who knows.
I've spent years exploring this city; I prefer all of the hidden spots and broken down beauty. There's cool old dilapidated buildings on the way to our gorgeous parks systems.
Akron is one of my muses.
While visiting Las Vegas in March 2018, we rented a car and drove to Death Valley. These are some of the things we saw along the way.
Some people go to Las Vegas for The Strip and the nightlife. I loved Old Vegas and also found some amazing art and abandoned buildings in Downtown Las Vegas.
You can also see more photos on Instagram at #flannekimonodoesvegas
When I was young, I spent so much time in malls. I lived a few miles from Rolling Acres Mall, and my grandparents lived around the corner from Summit Mall. I had my first job at Rolling Acres. My friends and I would pile into one of our cars after school and go to the mall.
Now, malls are dying, especially here in the Rust Belt/Midwest. I like to photograph malls that are still open, but barely. There's something eerie and sad about being in a huge space that is meant for people...only there aren't people there anymore. The people aren't coming back.
You can see more of my photos on Instagram: #rustbeltmallwalker
I wanted to put the food courts separately, because I photograph some that aren't dead yet. I was surprised by the prevalence of food courts in the casinos in Las Vegas.
Photos from various roadtrips around the region.
You can see more of my photos on Instagram: #rustbeltmagic
I'm obsessed with signage and the history of advertising and branding.