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The Dirty Panel

There’s very little machinery left inside the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant, but this eye-catching control panel demanded my attention.  It controlled the flow of the giant rolls of paper into the presses.  Warm white light from 3 directions, one key, two, fill.  33-second exposure in total darkness.

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Freight Only

Fisheye inside the sketchy freight elevator, at the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  I always feel uncomfortable stepping into an elevator in an abandoned building, especially one that’s not actually lined up on a floor.  They had caution tape strung across the doorway, like I wan’t supposed to be in here . . . Night, total […]

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Do Not Touch This Computer

All screens have gone dark, inside the security office of the now abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  Total darkness, natural flashlight, 15-second exposure.

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Stalker Locker

Inside the sprawling, pitch-dark men’s locker room at the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper printing plant.  Many of the 100s of lockers had some kind of sticker or picture, but this one, with the blonde obsession, was my favorite.  Night, total darkness warm/cool set Protomachines flashlight, fisheye lens.

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In Search of a Ghost Writer

The covered walkway to the cafeteria, at the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant, closed down and abandoned in 2009.  Based on the clean up work going on inside, demolition appears imminent. Deceptively complex to set up, this image was layered from two 400+ second exposures.  Because most of the doors are welded shut, the lighting […]

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Outside the Red Greenhouse

408 seconds, outside the main entrance/public public concourse of the now abandoned San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper printing plant. So futuristic when it was new, I think it’s still a pretty cool looking building. Night, 3/4 moon, red and lime-colored light applied with a Protomachines flashlight.

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Sleeper

Main entrance, concourse and management offices, at the abandoned SF Chronicle printing plant.  Night, 173 second exposure, 3/4 moon, red-set Protomachines flashlight.

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Exterminate!

The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  Opened in 1982, closed and abandoned in 2009. This was the executive wing, the bosses corner office, complete with surveillance camera hanging over the roof. Night, 228-second exposure, 3/4 moon, red and blue-set Protomachines flashlight, sodium vapor lamp across the street.

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The Bacon Hallway

Late at night, inside the massive, maze-like rooftop air filtration system, at the San Francisco Chronicle’s old printing plant in Union City. Shut down and cleaned out in 2009, it’s now pretty much wide open to scrappers and explorers. The building is mostly empty and demolition is imminent. Total darkness, lit with the Protomachine flashlight, […]

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The Ivy League Twist

Overhead rail hoist controller, in the machine shop of an abandoned printing plant.  Fisheye.  Lit with Protomachines 2 flashlight, in total darkness.

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