A few years ago I stumbled across the work of Illinois-based photographer Cari Ann Wayman and ever since I’ve been enthralled by the abandoned buildings, desolate places and sprawling wilderness that she discovers and photographs. What grabs me most about Cari Ann’s work is that she’s as much an explorer as she is a photographer – finding the strangest places and capturing them with her camera. Her images show the things that people leave behind and there’s a beauty and a fragility to her work that makes these places feel even more ephemeral.
Often she’ll also pose in these places, creating beautiful self-portraits where she stands-out like a girl lost in a place that she doesn’t belong. Amid these bleak spaces it feels as though she creates a special relationship with her surroundings and her photographs become intimate portraits that speak of abandonment, loss and escape. See more of Cari Ann’s work here.