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Photos capture what once was


Schwarz said some people


wonder why he takes photos of run-down properties. “The point is this won’t be


here forever,” he said, ges- turing to the park’s build- ings. “People forget about these places. People have memories of these places. I want to be able to preserve that. “I have a passion for for-


gotten places and forgotten history,” he continued. “I have learned to appreciate history, and I want to experi- ence it for myself.” Schwarz, who said he


wants to be a filmmaker “when he grows up,” also is involved with the recently formed Abandoned Oklaho- ma organization. He said he hopes to start an Abandoned America project that would document abandoned proper- ties all over the country.


Michael Schwarz photographs at Dogpatch USA. The 20-year-old photographer and filmmaker has made it his mission to document the stories of abandoned properties in Arkansas.


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