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.
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.