The Lost America Blog

Caduceus and Firehoses

Fresh movie-prop ambulance at Paul’s junkyard, shot last week. The rumor among the old workshop gang that Paul had bought and broken a salvage B-52 from nearby Edwards AFB is, unfortunately, untrue. Protomachines flashlight in total darkness.

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Haunting on Shadow Mountain

Abandoned ranch in California’s Antelope Valley. Lime, red and blue light under 2-minutes of full moon.

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Crowned Jet

Junkyard 1961 Imperial trunk ornament/lift-handle.  So space age!  Three colors from the turned-way-down Protomachines flashlight, in deep shade at night.  It took a lot of experiments to get the lighting this balanced.

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Swollen Nose

Junkyard 1970 Cougar XR7.  In case you’re wondering why this car doesn’t look quite right, the hood is not attached and slid forward about a foot.  I positioned the camera so that it lined up with the bumper and fender-tops to hide the illusion and exaggerate the fisheye effect even more.  Purple, blue, green and […]

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Cinderblock Hassock

That block is in the perfect place for you to relax and put your feet up, but it looks like that chair hasn’t been touched for many years.  Abandoned house miles from town, somewhere in the Mojave.  71-seconds under the full moon with red and white flashlight.

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Riviera Love Nest

Crawl in and curl up on your bed of leaves . . . just watch out for the spiders.  Warm white, blue and red light, in the deep shade, at night.

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Circle R

The back of yesterday’s mossy and moldy Riviera, surrounded by scraps and debris, under the trees at The Big M.  White and red light in deep shade.

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Riviera Rampart

Purple, green and white light bounced and snooted, onto the best side of this basket case, first-gen Riv, at The Big M. Lit with the Protomachines flashlight.  Car’s cooler without the bumper, huh?

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Almaden AFS

Shot during the first of two sneaky visits to Almaden AFS, atop Mt. Umunhum, overlooking San Jose.  10 years ago(!), this weekend.  You can see that box atop the Santa Cruz Mountains from just about anyplace in the South Bay.   Decommissioned in 1980, there were still dozens of derelict buildings up there at the time, including bunkers, a power station […]

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