The Lost America Blog

Ralph Kramden

Junkyard Greyhound Scenic-Cruiser driver’s seat. Futuristic! A stack of 3 images, a 292-second straight moonlight shot and two other 20-25 second shots lit with warm white flashlight, all three stacked, blended and masked in Photoshop.

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The Split-Level Craze

More of Paul’s Scenic-Cruiser.  The crossed cracks in the double-pane glass stopped me in my tracks.  Difficult to pull this off, but I had to try: The camera was backed up as far as possible, right against the stack of scrap metal visible in yesterday’s post, the tripod, set up on a wobbly piece of metal that […]

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Surreal-Cruiser

The split-level GM PD-4501 Scenicruiser, in storage at Paul’s.  Designed and built exclusively for Greyhound in the mid-’50s, only 1,001 were built and they always suffered from driveline problems and metal fatigue issues.  As iconic and fresh as they looked on America’s shiny new Interstates, these vehicles were a failure and most were scrapped by 1970. Night, 206 seconds […]

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Halfway to the Stars

The junked parking lot tram from Magic Mountain Amusement Park, still on the pile that circles the rendering pit, at Paul’s Junkyard. Night, 701 seconds under the full moon, with purple and red light from the Protomachine flashlight.

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Uneven Wear

I hadn’t planned on shooting this full moon, what with the New Years weekend and cold weather and all . . . but my pal Joe connected me with a couple of Swedish Journalists, in Las Vegas for the CES show, who were looking for a photographer to do a story about. With only 2 days notice, […]

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Hope Bolts

The last film image for oldies week, this was from the same Summer of ’99 trip to Arizona as yesterday’s post. This was at a little crossroads town called “Hope” where I quickly stopped to catch the lightning storm as it passed through. Yeah, I wish I lit it better, but hey, lightning on film! […]

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Welcome

The Amber Hills Motel on Highway 60 in western Arizona, from the summer of ’99.  I love a neon sign where the paint’s burned off, yet the tubing is still intact. At least 8 minutes on Kodak 160T chrome film, red-gelled strobe.

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The Byron Hotel on Film

Found in an unmarked box of slides.  I didn’t even remember shooting these until I opened the box. It’s the abandoned Byron Hot Springs hotel, before it was completely covered in stupid graff. This would have been the September 2005 full moon, the last time I ever shot film because I had to: got my first DSLR and […]

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Big Sky Pump

Old work week continues with this one from the abandoned truck stop at Coaldale, NV, shot in August 2006.  My first desert shoot after switching to digital, this trip saw me wandering all over Western Nevada, then a quick guest lecturer stint at one of Lance Keimig’s Bodie workshops, and then my first visit to Aviation […]

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Future Fireball

The shot up VHS-tape-filled caretaker’s trailer, from my first trip to the abandoned Byron Hot Springs hotel. Shot October 2005–the month I switched to digital after doing this on film for 15 years. This one always gets culled out in favor of the building shots, making it kind of an orphan lost favorite. It burned […]

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