Abandoned, eccentric, and isolated, this tiny town of a few dozen people in southern Nevada is an ideal location for any photographer looking to step into a mini, western time capsule. Nelson (or El Dorado Canyon) is ghost town about an hour southeast of the city lights of Las Vegas, and boasts a number of antique, Americana oddities from the late 1800’s to 1970’s.

It hosts everything from an abandoned gold mining camp, a former Texaco gas station, an antique museum, a swath of rusting vintage automobiles, and a number of restored structures such as an old garage and general store. There’s even a downed World War II airplane seemingly crash landed into a white limestone outcrop.

Needless to say, it was an incredible setting for Artisans on Fire photographer, Derek Gumin, to conceptualize and explore some unique photo opportunities for strains such as our Locomotion, Golden Goat, & Pennywise.

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