Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains by Steve Fitch was published by the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque in 2003. The book chronicles Fitch’s travels and explorations through the interior ruins of the high-plains landscape – that area that extends “from about the 100th meridian west to the front range of the Rockies and north from eastern New Mexico and western Texas to eastern Montana and western North Dakota.”
The abandonment of the high plains was “accelerated by the Great Depression and has continued unabated.” Fitch collects 70 images of these abandoned interior spaces that dot the landscape like “individual museums” in his 176 page book. Foreword by Merrill Gilfillan, introductory essay by Fitch, and accompanying essays by Kathleen Stewart Howe and Evelyn A. Schlatter. The book is available at Photo-Eye books in Santa Fe, NM
Images like these always leave me wondering how people just walk away from places seemingly leaving everything behind: a soda half consumed, windex on thee stove, shaving cream on a sink, etc.
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