The Lost America Blog

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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Holiday Joy to You!

A recently unearthed Lost America baby picture, found in a mismatched box of slides.  No one in the family remembers this moment, but we’ve deduced it would have been spring ’61, at a NYC area airshow.  Looks like I’m paying more attention to what my mom was saying than the plane.  Of course, that would change […]

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Messages From Space

An abandoned quonset with a hole in the roof, 30 minutes of spinning stars, the full moon and some purple and red lights.

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New Workshop for May 2015

Workshop! Workshop! Workshop! Want to learn how to night shoot like me? Want to learn how to light subjects like I do? Want to refine your compositional eye? How about total access to a normally inaccessible classic “Lost America” style location? We’re here to help you with all these things. May 1, 2, 3, 2015, at the Valley Junkyard in Fresno. […]

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Black Windows

Airliner parts under the full moon, at Aviation Warehouse. Purple and red from the Protomachine flashlight, in 49 seconds.

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Inside the Cat’s Head

Red flashlight rotated inside the tail of a DC-6, with all it’s tailplanes removed.

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Flight to Jupiter

DC-3 cockpit at Aviation Warehouse.  Complete and 100% authentic, it’s a clipped off nose section, dressed for use as a movie prop.  Just a few seconds of dim flashlight, and 121-seconds to let the mixed exterior lighting burn in through the frosty windows.

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Sherbet Boarding

Been spending a little time at Aviation Warehouse, down in El Mirage, this winter.  The owner loves my photography, so I’ve had an open invite to shoot here since 2006. I like to visit for a few nights every couple years. Minimal daylight scouting time, lots of clouds and unexpected dew point-based lens fogging issues made this trip a constant challenge, but I took […]

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