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Reporter Nate Carlisle and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Nate Carlisle on Twitter at @natecarlisle. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.

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Photo by Talena Sanders Talena Sanders photographed the landscape and architecture in the polygamous community known as Short Creek— Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. More of her work can be seen at http://talenasanders.com.
Gallery: The homes of polygamous towns

What does a home belonging to someone in The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints look like? Talena Sanders knows.

Sanders began photographing in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., in February 2012 for a graduate project at Duke University. She hoped to photograph the people and their style of dress. When Sanders realized the community’s famed lack of hospitality toward outsiders made that impossible, she turned to something else: architecture.

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"The home is the domestic center of life," Sanders wrote in an email to The Tribune, "but as Colorado City is an incorporated town, the homes along the city streets remain part of the public realm. I wondered at first about the condition of the homes — unfinished additions, broken windows, paint that needed updating years ago, half-built houses.

"The home is often a symbol of their faith in Warren Jeffs. As he predicts doomsday so often, letting their homes go is a sign to the community that they’re on board with his prophecies."

Here, with Sanders permission, is a gallery of her photographs.

—Nate Carlisle

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