Photography

This project started as a school assignment and evolved into a personal one. While living just outside Joshua Tree National Park in California, I watched millions of visitors explore the beautiful and harsh landscape of the Mojave desert, enjoying hiking, camping, and rock climbing while the village of Joshua Tree enjoyed their tourist dollars. Nearby, hundreds lived in abject poverty, high rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and high crime rates. I wanted to capture the sense of abandonment the local people felt by capturing some of the many abandoned and derelict structures scattered around the Mojave desert.

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