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Troy Paiva

Wandering the deserted back-roads of the American Southwest, Troy Paiva has explored the abandoned underbelly of America since the 1970’s. Since 1989 he’s been taking pictures of it . . . at night, by the light of the full moon.

After 25 years of development, Troy’s early vision has been fully realized through his unique style and technique. He lights the scene with hand-held, colored flashlights during extended time exposures. The effect reanimates these dead places, turning them into mutant tableaus of some vaguely familiar parallel universe. These long exposures allow the stars to spiral around Polaris and the moving clouds to smear ethereally across the sky. Many of his subjects are already gone; bulldozed, burned down, subdivided, melted for scrap or simply vanished beneath the shifting desert sand.