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Last Night In Heaven

Trekking Through The Fort

USA | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 | 20 photos

As long as I can remember, the abandon buildings on Lower Beaumont (Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX.) have stood mocking the surrounding construction until now. Recently, the high demand for new military housing has marked the destruction of these structures and made these photos more important then ever before. Riddled with asbestos, birds (their excrement), unstable beams, and faulty wiring, they stand as a reminded of what they once were; a part of the fort’s history.

My team and I were recently allowed to go in and photograph the outside of these building. It was depressing being unable to go inside because of safety risked but the essence of the buildings was enough to satisfy my curiosity of what had become of them since my last visit back in 2005.

I found that many of the towering pillars I had marveled at 5 years ago had fallen apart or even caught fire. What worries me the most about these places being demolished is not so much a piece of time no longer existing but the lose of homes for wildlife. While trekking through the area, we came across foxes, spiders of all kind, different kinds of birds, and many other desert animals, which are rarely seen outside of the mountains. Due to the growing population, the desert is shrinking around the mountains. This leaves less and less space for their survival.

But at this point, there is nothing I can do but archive some of what I was able to shoot.


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