Greek-American writer and photographer Joanna Kalafatis’ work will be on display at the Mosaic Artspace in New York City from November 19 until December 31, 2021.
Kalafatis is based in Los Angeles, California, but has lived all over the world, including in Greece, New York, and London, and visited nearly 50 countries throughout her international travels. The photographer chronicles her travel experiences on her blog.
The exhibit, called “No Man’s Land,” includes Kalafatis’ work documenting abandoned and uninhabited places. Kalafatis has long been fascinated by these locations, both those that have never been inhabited and those that once featured thriving communities which are now completely abandoned.
The show includes photographs taken in the remote and untouched landscapes of Patagonia, as well as in the many abandoned towns and buildings in California.
Joanna Kalafatis explores remote, abandoned places in NYC show
Though most people associate California with beaches, glamor, and cool cities, the West Coast state is also filled with some of the spookiest abandoned places in the entire US.
Thanks to the quick rise and decline of mining towns, other Old West towns and Route 66 stops, all often in remote locations, ghost towns are a common feature of the California landscape.
Kalafatis is also the author of “Abandoned Southern California,” a book that explores uninhabited towns in the West coast state. The book is available at Target and Barnes and Noble as well as on several online retailers, including Amazon.
Going beyond the photos and locations to examine the different waves of migration that made California the intriguing, diverse place it is today, “Abandoned Southern California” steeps its readers in some of California’s quirkiest history and legends.
The first of a two-part series, “Abandoned Northern California” is an excellent guide for on a journey through the many spooky, abandoned Old West ghost towns, buildings, and Route 66 stops that are spread out across the southern part of the Golden State.
Kalafatis has even taken Greek Reporter on a tour of Randsburg, California, a ghost town that was once a thriving mining community.
Randsburg boomed thanks to gold mining in the area, which led to several other towns cropping up around it. Now, it’s a shell of its former self, a so-called “living ghost town”, because its old buildings are somewhat preserved by the few residents left there — currently fewer than 70 out of a peak population of over 4,000 in the area.
Its old mines and iconic Old West stores have been deserted and left to crumble in the winds and heat of the high desert. The general atmosphere of frontier lawlessness that prevailed during the heyday of the towns has contributed to many legends in the surrounding area.