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Haunting photographs capture the ruins of Tatooine

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In 2010, photographer Rä di Martino found the remains of a galaxy far, far away. After finding an errant tourist photograph through Google Earth, she had traveled to Tunisia's Chott el Djerid, a salt desert that held the remains of Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine and other abandoned sets from Star Wars. There, she documented them in No More Stars and other photo series, capturing strange modern ruins that she refers to as "almost like archaeological sites." Several of the photographs are available at FastCo.Design and di Martino's own site, and she's done an interview at The Guardian. Since di Martino left, Star Wars enthusiasts have sought to recover some of the sets, rebuilding and repainting the Lars Homestead.