lostamerica.jpgWhat would happen if a photographer put on genre-colored glasses and headed out to American wastelands to take some pictures. Most likely, you’d get photos like those found in Lost America. Using time exposures and colored strobe lights, Troy Paiva created a collection of eerily compelling images of found objects. Some are sorrowful, others are subtly scary, but all make you want to stare.

You can see a photos from his 2003 book Lost America: Night Photography of the Abandoned West here: www.lostamerica.com. If you really enjoy them, you might consider buying the book, which is back in print — I know I’m thinking about doing just that.