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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:#desertdispatches, #ospix, @ospix, First printed: 2015, Osceola Refetoff, Trailer off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence California July 4 2011, abandoned home, abandoned structure, bathroom, bathroom, california desert, color photography, decay, eastern sierra CA, first nation, forsaken dreams, ft independence CA, graphic, high & dry: dispatches from the land of little rain, indian reservation, indian reservation, inyo county, light bulb, magic and realism, mirror, mojave desert, reflection, rural, square format, usa, wallpaper, www.desertdispatches.com, www.ospix.com
Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011

Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011

On the 4th of July, 2011, I explored what appeared to be an abandoned double-wide trailer on the Fort Independence Indian Reservation. The original fort was established in 1862, during the brutal Owens Valley Indian War that deprived indigenous Shoshone and Paiute peoples access to lands for which they knew no concept of ownership. After capturing this image, an Indian woman appeared at the door and gently but firmly asked me to leave her property.

My work often involves trespassing into what appear to be abandoned structures. I always experience a sense of remorse amongst the ruined homes and discarded processions, but on this particular day – America’s Independence Day – I felt a great sorrow for the indigenous peoples whose lands and lives were stolen.

There is much to reflect upon with regards to this nation’s complex history. I feel this image captures the sensation of being an interloper and a voyeur, bearing witness to a scene that can never be fully comprehended. What is clear today, is that there remain many injustices we will need redress on route to that more perfect union.