Samantha VanDeman, "Floral Wallpaper", 2012, from the series "Forgotten Hotels", Chromogenic print, edition of 10, 16x22”

Samantha VanDeman, “Floral Wallpaper”, 2012, from the series “Forgotten Hotels”, Chromogenic print, edition of 10, 16×22”

Samantha VanDeman

Forgotten Hotels is an ongoing series documenting abandoned hotel interiors that have sat vacant for nearly ten to thirty years. With several failed attempts to bring each hotel back to life and plans of demolition, these structures await an uncertain future. In my work, I’m drawn to places that are isolated and have been forgotten about by society. I use my camera to examine these areas that often go unnoticed. Through the use of color and light, I attempt to capture the beauty the once existed in these magnificent environments. By photographing these hotels, I hope to provide a visual record of what might be lost forever.

Samantha VanDeman received her MFA in the Visual Arts at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and BFA at Columbia College in Chicago. Samantha’s work has been exhibited nationally in group exhibitions at venues such as Perspective Gallery (Evanston, IL), Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR), Gallery 262 (Cambridge, MA) and solo exhibitions at Steenbock Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters (Madison, WI) and Good Question Gallery (Milford, PA). Her work has been featured in several publications with featured work reviewed in Shots, Manifest, and Lenscratch. Samantha received the International Photography Award in 2012 for Architectural Interiors.