ghost town

aftermath of tourist abandonment


During the summer, Skagway AK is a bustling tourist town with one million cruise ship visitors. The fourteen blocks of its Historic District are teeming with activity. When I visited Skagway past the tourist season, around Thanksgiving, I was surprised to find the town had quite literally shut down. Shops and restaurants were closed and boarded up. It was a melancholy sight that few visitors will experience. Walking around the virtually deserted Historic District, it brought home the dichotomies and transience of towns dependent on tourism, and the disconnect between a lived vs. a visited experience. I have tried to capture this via "tourist"-style snaps that are devoid of typical activity or people.