america’s patriotic home

The first weekend in May was a double feature of my Mom’s 60th birthday and Mother’s day so my brother’s, Cal and I figured this was the perfect time to go visit her. My mother lives in a small town in Nevada called Hawthorne.

My mom has lived there for approximately 13 years… I’ve been there three times. So as I am sure you’ve guessed by now, it’s not my favorite place to visit. The town is depressing at every turn. It’s dying. It holds on by a thread that is an army depot base (you know… where they keep bombs) and a slots-only casino.

I saw this trip as an opportunity. I just knew that this town was a chance for some photographic awesomeness, especially of the black & white variety.

defunct movie theatre

I’m not sure if I need to say this but this town does not have a good vibe to it. There is something off about it and I think the residents are aware of that. At first I thought this truck was funny and odd but now I think he’s on to something.

Seriously, Hawthorne could be a scene out of The Twilight Zone.

Maybe that’s because all my photos make it seem like we were the only ones there?

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5 thoughts on “america’s patriotic home”

  1. you did a great job shooting this town. We usually only stop at the Golden arches and keep going.
    Central nevada is a strange place….

  2. WOW! You did a great job capturing the feel. Very eerie place and the b&w really enhances it. Those shots of the desert remind me of nuclear bomb testing pictures I’ve seen; straight out of the 50’s! These are so great!

  3. i usually lean towards the black and white, but my favorites here are the color ones, don’t know why, they just seem to tell that story of this town in their washed out colors better to me.

  4. I moved to Hawthorne with my husband and two small daughters almost a year ago. We moved here for my husbands family business of mining.
    The very first time I came over the mountain and saw the desert surrounding this little bitty town I was completely creeped out.
    Since moving here I have experienced EXACTLY what you describe as a depressed and dying town. There’s nothing to do here unless you really like drinking and gambling! If you want to do anything else, pretty much, you have to drive 2-3 hours away to Fallon, Reno, Carson City or other places in California.
    I wonder sometimes if there’s any hope for this place. It was once a bustling little town full of life and dignity. Now, it seems all that has left it.
    So sad. And I can only hope and pray I’m not destined to raise my children here!!!

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