Thursday, July 31, 2014

Abandonment: Junk House - Mojave, California

Junk House - Mojave, California
I found an abandoned house in the desert in Mojave, California. This little place was full of junk. Tons and tons of old VHS tapes, cassette tapes and magazines and other unwanted stuff littered the inside and, to a lesser extend, the outside.

Like a lot of these abandoned places, there was no indoor plumbing. No bathroom, no kitchen. Yet it is obvious that someone called this place home. The house may have been last used as storage.
Private Roads Owners Only - Mojave, California
It's hard to know when this house was built. If I had to guess, I'd say sometime in the 1950's, but that's just a guess. I don't know when or why it was abandoned. There is a wind farm very close by, and perhaps the abandonment is tied to that. Just guessing, I'd say the place has been unoccupied for at least a couple of decades.

One curious thing about this house is what was left behind. There were thousands of old VHS tapes. The majority of them were unmarked. What's on them? Why did someone have so many unmarked VHS tapes? There were also a lot of unmarked cassette tapes. It seems so strange.
Riunite - Mojave, California
Places like this house leave more questions than answers. One can try to imagine what life was like inside of it, but sometimes the lack of information or (in this case) confusing information make it difficult to grasp. It is just peculiar.

I used a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera to capture these images. I post-processed them using Alien Skin Exposure 6 software.
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Unwanted VHS Tapes - Mojave, California
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