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The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen
There’s no doubt that America is one of the countries with a bustling population centred around metropolises, so much so that we often forget there are vast amounts of spaces that are desolate and abandoned.

These photographs by Dan Martensen, were originally intended as a personal project rather than a photographic series. Martensen was clearly interested in the display of decay and decline, often capturing images that emanate the feeling of human abandonment.

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen

With parts of America still feeling the sting of the economic recession, and the wave of new hope that has come with Barack Obama’s re-election, one often forgets there are parts of America that are isolated and not as populous. Sure, there are a bunch of major cities out there that are thriving, but the open spaces and small towns still make up a major part of the heart of the United States, the formerly unconquered frontier which made the idea of America great in the first place.

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen

The Desolate American Southwest
© Dan Martensen
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