Featured on the NY Times Lens Blog, an intriguing photoessay by Santiago Arcos tells the story of La Cienega, a village in Ecuador that has no children. After finding this elusive town Arcos heard about on a radio broadcast, he made regular visits to photograph the desolate La Cienega where only 11 residents remain. “There are many more people buried in the cemetery, whose rugged crosses are made from the same sturdy wood as the 300 abandoned homes that dot the hilly village,” describes the NY Times.
Arcos provides an intimate view of this town that is fighting to maintain its dwindling existence. Arcos is quoted, “They know when they die, this universe is over.” Read more on this fascinating story on the NY Times Lens Blog and see more stunning images from this series on Arcos’s website.