"There's nothing more profound and sobering then being inside an abandoned mall," said Lawless. "It's a powerful symbol of America's economic decline. I used to visit these malls often growing up. I remember eating cotton candy underneath the escalator and the sounds of people laughing and feet shuffling as the gentle sounds of falling water from one of the many fountains surrounded me. This was America."
Lawless' photos of abandoned shopping malls are collected in a new book, Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall.