Photo: Golden, New Mexico, USA – part 19
Whoever lived here before, they left without taking their plates and cups with them. I began to suspect that the person who lived here died rather than leaving. I wondered if anyone owns the house at all, or if its ownership is forgotten. It feels likely that there wouldn’t be a record anywhere, and the house will slowly disappear without anyone noticing.
Golden is a ghost town along ‘the Turquoise Trail’, which is the road between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Many of the towns along this road grew because of mining and railroads. When the mines dried up suddenly, or the railroads took new routes, the towns quickly diminished. Many of them have only a couple of dozen people living in them, if anyone at all. Some of the towns and buildings have been reclaimed by artists or farmers, but many are slowly falling down in the state that they were left.
The photos over the next few weeks are all taken at dawn in December at approaching 7,000 feet above sea level. The ground was covered in snow and the clear sky created a stunning gradient behind the telegraph wires, bare trees, cactuses, and, of course, abandoned buildings.
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