The Lost America Blog

Shack and Fridge

Another abandoned shack, East of 29 Palms.  Shot March 2002.  Page 24 of that ancient “Lost America” book, a fresh scan, it looks more true to the slide here. 8-minutes on Kodak 160T film, magenta and yellow-gelled strobe.

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Cima Storm

Happy ’16 to you. I usually like to start the new year posting a series of old film images. This one’s from June 1993, one of the shacks at Cima, California on a summer monsoon night. The glow on the horizon is from accumulated lightning strikes, miles away. Probably about 8-minutes on Kodak 160T film. […]

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The Thing with Five Eyes

Someone was looking for buried treasure under the hearth in this spectacularly abandoned place.  Hope you enjoy some time around the fire with your friends this weekend.  Total darkness, Protomachines flashlight.

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The Ironwood

Opposing views of the trailer at the Lazy One ranch.  The chaste collage of exercising women and the words “Inspire” and “Get Started!” tell me someone’s granny lived here.  Locked up tight, like she’d be right back, years ago.  Full moon and various subtle toned white light from the Protomachines flashlight.

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Behind the Gate

The back yard of the abandoned “Lazy One” ranch, east of 29 Palms.  While it was clear that no one’s lived in the ransacked and vandalized house for years, the trailer was locked up tight and looks like it was relatively recently occupied.  All the same, it was clear that no one’s been here for years. […]

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The Lazy One

Abandoned east of 29 Palms.

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Garden Road

Slowly collapsing abandoned house, lost down a forgotten dirt road in Wonder Valley, California.  Purple, red and yellow light infused with full moon light. 135-second exposure.

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Empire

After midnight on the studio backlot, somewhere in the California high desert.

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Sport Wagon 400

Unusual Buick version of the Olds Vista Cruiser, surreal with it’s windowed roof removed. Full moon with purple, red and lime light. 111-second exposure.

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The Crossing Guard

1980 Lincoln, over by the school busses, at the Valley Junkyard. Rocky the idiot junkyard Great Dane was playfully galloping in circles around me while I shot these. When I walked away, he climbed in the car to see why I was circling it for 10 minutes myself. He came out with a stick in […]

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