Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Abandonment: Small Farm - Mojave, California

Formerly Home - Mojave, California
Recently I visited an old farm outside of Mojave, California, a little north of what once was the community of Willow Springs. I used Google Earth to find this abandoned location. 

As best as I can guess, the main house is near 100 years old. There's another old house and an old shed on the property, as well, but they're not quite as old as the main house. I also found several good-sized greenhouses and a cattle pen.
Abandoned Agriculture - Mojave, California
It's difficult to know when or why the place was abandoned. Judging by the furniture and appliances that were left behind, as well as the state of disrepair, I'd say that it was last occupied sometime in the 1980's or perhaps the early 1990's. 

The main house is falling down in one corner. Most of the glass has been shattered on all of the buildings. The desert takes its toll on everything left behind.
Threadbare Couch - Mojave, California
I try to imagine what life was like at the abandoned places I find. This is a hot, dry and lonely place. It doesn't seem like the most hospitable location for a farm. Someone worked this land for decades, and eventually something caused it all to stop. Now it sits completely forgotten. The memories are fading or perhaps completely lost to time.

I used a Sigma DP2 Merrill to capture these photographs. I post-processed them using Alien Skin Exposure 6.
Maytag - Mojave, California
There's Nothing On Television - Mojave, California
Web of Neglect - Mojave, California
From The Past - Mojave, California
Forgotten Umbrella - Mojave, California
Tumbledown Window - Mojave, California
Window Tattered - Mojave, California
Neglected Place - Mojave, California
Shabby House - Mojave, California
Neglected Dwelling - Mojave, California
A Derelict Home - Mojave, California
Derelict View - Mojave, California
Rusted Remnants - Mojave, California
Inside Looking Out - Mojave, California
Remnant Chair - Mojave, California
Open Door & Tattered Window - Mojave, California

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