11 x Ghosts


Yermo Warning


“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley…” When Robert Burns wrote these lines, he might have been describing the settlements and structures in these photos. No one starts any enterprise planning for failure, and when life overcomes them and washes away their dreams, it must come as a painful shock. And yet there are thousands of these settlements in America, primarily in the West, with hundreds in California alone. Ghost towns exist all over the world–Chernobyl in Ukraine and Orator-sure-Glaine in France come to mind–but our experience with the phenomena is primarily with the homegrown American variety.