Exploring these ghost towns on Halloween, we find the unexpected

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
October 31, 2017 2:49 pm Last Updated: October 31, 2017 2:51 pm

The ghost towns of the Mojave Desert are deathly still, aside from the howling wind that roams through them. The dusty streets flanking the infamous Death Valley recall the gold rush days that created them. For nearly 100 years they have decayed.

But as Halloween brings forth all sorts of morbid images, filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic have drawn out the beauty, peace, and inviting mystery of these ghost towns.

In their time-lapse film, “Mojave Forsaken,” sunlight beams through the window of an abandoned house. As it crawls across the room, it’s like watching time pass over the home’s broken remnants.

(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)

With night comes swirling stars, the mysteries of the heavens, the smallness of our earthly ghosts. As the light trails behind the spiraling stars, a vortex seems to pull you in.

It is the same sky that would have captivated the towns’ inhabitants a century ago. The deep darkness of the ghost towns allows for this rare view. Our light-polluted cities do not experience the night sky the way humankind did for thousands of years.

Heffernan and Mehmedinovic made this film as part of their Skyglow Project, which raises awareness about light pollution by capturing the beauty of dark sky preserves. Many of their films have been featured on BBC Earth.

(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)
(Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic)

Watch their mesmerizing video below:

For more of Heffernan’s and Mehmedinovic’s work, see SunChaserPictures.com, the Sun Chaser Pictures Facebook page and Vimeo, or follow @GavinHeffernan and @modrac on Twitter.