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In the abandoned roads of Antelope Valley, located in northern Los Angeles County, photographer Troy Paiva wanders amongst the ghosts of the American West, capturing theatrical moments within the quiet terrain. During the late August days, the weather is inhospitable to human bodies, reaching 100° Fahrenheit even in pouring rainstorms. Alone, the artist ventures into the night beneath a blue moon. Carrying an inexpensive, portable light source with him, he bathes a shopping cart in neon, painting the forgotten relic in vital sanguine tones. Reenergized under his gaze, the dead, sleepy scene seems to spring back to life. Through long exposures, these discarded objects become haunting reminders of an America we rarely see.

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