• American Foreclosure

    A view of the outside through a window of a foreclosed home in Beulah, Mich., Nov. 9, 2010. Photojournalist David H. Wells has documented foreclosed and abandoned homes across the country, in that window in between when residents move out and the time banks clean up the properties to put them back on the market.
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    A tattered blue shower curtain remains in the bathroom of a foreclosed home in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012. Items left behind present a ghostly impression of the people who used to inhabit foreclosed homes. Wells began the project in April 2009.
  • American Foreclosure

    A kitchen is stripped of appliances in a foreclosed home in Benzonia, Mich., Nov. 8, 2010. Wells intends his photos to illustrate the mortgage crisis not by focusing on individual families, but rather the properties. From January 2007, shortly after the housing bubble burst, through Sept. 2012, about one in 29 housing units have been foreclosed.
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    A stuffed toy animal hangs in the garage of a foreclosed home, in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012. Viewers can project their own impressions of the story behind the homes based on what is left behind.
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    Books, purses and other random items are among the belongings left in a desk in a foreclosed home in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012. In Sept. 2012, there were 180,000 housing units with foreclosure filings.
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    A playing card is left on the stairs of a foreclosed home in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012. During the peak of the foreclosure crisis, March 2010, there were 367,000 properties with a foreclosure filing.
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    Structures in a failed and abandoned housing development, in Merced, Calif., April 22, 2009.
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    Abandoned personal property left behind in a bank-owned foreclosure in Bozrah, Conn., April 23, 2010.
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    A message is scrawled on the stucco wall of a foreclosed home in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012.
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    Plastic children's toys are scattered in the backyard of a foreclosed home, in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012.
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    A lamp tilts to the side, hanging askew inside a foreclosed home in Covington, La., March 15, 2012.
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    A child's portrait abandoned on windowsill inside of a foreclosed home in Tallahassee, Fla., March 9, 2012.
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    A photo of a woman and two children is left on the floor of a foreclosed home, in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012.
  • American Foreclosure

    Clothing is left behind in a dresser and on the floor of a foreclosed home in Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012.
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    A SpongeBob toy is left on the floor of a foreclosed home, Feb. 28, 2012, in Fresno, Calif.
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    An abandoned home is boarded up in Wyandach, New York, Oct. 5, 2010.
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    Window drapes sit on a bathroom sink inside a foreclosed home in Tallahassee, Fla., March 9, 2012.
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