Rob Dobi has been photographing abandoned places in the Northeast since 1999 when he was a student at RISD. The wonderment and discovery of the experience never wanes for Dobi and there really isn’t one specific type of building or space that inspires him more than another, mainly because the rush of stepping into a place where you don’t know what to expect never gets old. His photographs include those of iconic places, asylums school house, churches, factories, and abandoned homes in the middle of nowhere. He tries to document as much of a place as he can, with a good amount of wide shots that define the space as well as seeking out things one might not normally encounter. Sometimes the most interesting finds are the things others might look over, like a doodle on a sheet of paper, or some hidden patient scrawl on a brick. The collection of photographs, accompanied by short essay, evokes feeling of loss and nostalgia, but also rouses the imagination about those New England days now long in the past.
Rob Dobi, in addition to photographing the decaying ruins of the Northeast, designs merchandise for the biggest bands in the world, has a t-shirt brand called Fullbleed and co-runs the apparel design community at Mintees. He also does editorial illustration for media outlets. He has worked with the likes of the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Lonely Planet, Time Out New York, Variety, New York Observer, Buzzfeed, Gawker, Mother Jones, Ebony Magazine, Green Day, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, George Harrison, Eminem, The Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Weezer, Island Def Jam, Atlantic Records, Urban Outfitters, and many more. He currently resides in Connecticut.