The Lost America Blog

Dead Notes at the Bottom End

Shot in total darkness, inside an abandoned California farmhouse. Lit with the Protomachines flashlight.

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Angels on Horseback

Abandoned trailer, out on the Delta.  Overlapping green and purple Protomachine light, skimmed from three angles.  There was considerable heavy lifting in Photoshop to pull this thing together.

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Haunted Spires

The towers of a ghost city on a distant planet . . . or a forest of steering columns at a junkyard in Fresno. What do you mean it can’t be both?  Red and green from the Protomachines flashlight during a 114-second exposure.

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Watermelon in Easter Hay

Found a few miles down a dirt road near Kramer Junction, California, September 2000. About 8 minutes on Kodak 160T film, probably outdated. Full moon from the left, blue-gelled strobe from the right and a couple of red pops inside.

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Between Heaven and Hell

61 seconds, a helicopter flyby, and a few ’62 Cadillac parts.  

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White Fang

Shot teaching last weekend’s workshop.  I wanted to tap into concepts we were talking about in critiques while I was in the field. One was the idea of how mirror-flipping the image completely changes the composition.  I’ve never put a flipped image online before, until now.  Yeah, this one reads/flows much better this way. The […]

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Stable Instability

Abandoned horse ranch in the High Desert.

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No Cookies

Late moonrise on a freezing cold January night in 1994. Near Boron, California. Outdated Kodak 160T chrome film, for about 8 minutes, straight moonlight. I don’t think anyone’s ever seen this one before.

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Four of a Kind

About 2AM at Eagle Field, October 2013.  Kinda cloudy, filtered moonlight, red light from 4 places, 149-seconds.

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Mort XIV

Oakland’s 16th Street Station, a former Southern Pacific Palace, on hard times, Oakland’s 16th Street Station, a former Southern Pacific Palace, on hard times, back in 2005. Riki bribed the watchman one cold and rainy night, allowing about 10 photographers and other weirdos to just wander around in awe until about midnight. There’s a chapter […]

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