Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Abandonment: Manufactured Home In The Hills - Tehachapi, California

Purple Beretta - Tehachapi, California
There's an abandoned manufactured home in the hills outside of Tehachapi, California that I recently explored. Besides the mobile home, there were two old travel trailers and a car on the property.

While located close to a route that I often travel, it took me a long time to spot this place because it's hidden behind a thicket of trees. There are several "no trespassing" signs, but it isn't clear if those are for this property or the neighboring properties (I assumed it was for the neighboring properties).

The place was completely disgusting. There were piles of decades-old dog feces everywhere. There was old food and rat poop. I did most of my exploring from the outside, photographing through windows. Safety first!
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From what I could tell from the things that I found, this place had been abandoned for at least 15 years. It appeared as though people lived in the manufactured home and in one of the two travel trailers. There may have been children, although that's not completely clear (all of the kid stuff was found on the outside of the home, possibly dumped there after abandonment). They left quite suddenly, and most (if not all) of their belongings stayed behind. That suggests a tragic story of some sort.

The place has been pretty well ransacked. Things are toppled over. Everything that may have once been in drawers is no longer. It's definitely a mess. Rodents, birds and perhaps some other wildlife have moved in.

I captured all of these images using a Nokia Lumia 1020. Yes, I used my cell phone. This is further proof that your camera doesn't matter--vision, creativity and the decisive moment are what matter most in photography.
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