There is an abandoned flat-roofed home near Mojave, California out in the desert at the end of an unmarked dirt road. The home is a small rectangle and may have been a part of a little ranch. Not much is known about this place--when it was built or when it was abandoned--yet what remains tells a story. A tragic story.
What I can tell is that a family of five lived there. There were three young children: a girl, a boy, and a baby. For whatever reason the place was abandoned and everything was left behind. Clothes, furniture, toys, knickknacks... everything.
There is a story to be told. Something happened, and in all likelihood it was tragic. That's why I call this the tragic home. Did they all die in a car wreck? Did the parents go to jail and the children into the foster system? I can only speculate because I have no idea what happened. But unless they won the lottery, the story did not have a happy ending.
Vandals, the weather and time have not been kind to the place. Slowly what was left is disappearing. Even those who may know the story have fading memories.
Below are the photographs I captured of this place. I used a Sigma DP2 Merrill.
|The Tragic Home - Mojave, California|
|The Comfy Chair - Mojave, California|
|The Tragic Interior - Mojave, California|
|Girl Roller Skate - Mojave, California|
|Forgotten Doll - Mojave, California|
|Daisy Duck - Mojave, California|
|The Velveteen Rabbit - Mojave, California|
|Woman's Shoe - Mojave, California|
|Abandoned Tragedy - Mojave, California|
|Tragic Home, Sign And Fence|