I live in a beautiful beach town in New Jersey called Margate. It is just 10 to 5 minutes away from Atlantic City. I love Atlantic City and all of the fond memories I hold with it. From work to play to family vacations I always love it and always created wonderful memories. But, Atlantic City is not what it used to be anymore. There are fewer tourists, fewer casinos, more unemployment, and more vacant buildings than ever before. As I was driving through Atlantic City, I thought to myself, “How sad, people will never experience Atlantic City the way I experienced.”
I saw a sign that read, “Welcome to the World Famous Atlantic City Boardwalk” I looked around and saw no one, no tourist anywhere. This leads me to the point of the photo essay. It is to show people what will happen and what is happening to the world famous Atlantic City. The lights are dim, the buildings are losing its shine and the streets and boardwalk are empty. During the summer I worked in Atlantic City where many of my customers were very displeased by the surroundings in Atlantic City and said they did not know if they would be back.
I want people to understand that if everything keeps closing and shutting down, Atlantic City will become just a memory. I chose to make my photos look old to give them a vintage feel. Making the photos look old will allow the audience to view them as if Atlantic City was just a memory. I hope these photos make people more aware of what can happen to Atlantic City if we do not support it.