The Lost America Blog

The Oregon Trail 1841

Nothing like a giant mural in an abandoned building.  Total darkness, lit with the Protomachines flashlight.

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Saguaro Split

One of the murals at the abandoned Rancho Valle Vista.  Total darkness, lit from many directions with red and warm white from the Protomachines Flashlight.

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Rancho Valle Vista

Back to the 21st Century, shot last fall, outside 29 Palms.  Exposed under the full moon for a couple of minutes, with a little warm white key light.

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Dusk in Holbrook 1996

Office Neon Six signs from a sunset, Holbrook, Arizona, October 1996. Fuji chrome 100, all available light only, a little 2016-style Photoshop work. Once it got dark, I hit the road and shot abandoned roadside stuff, further on down the road. Most of these have never been online before.          

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Amber Hills

Abandoned motel and cafe, Harcuvar Arizona, Summer 1999.  8+ minutes on Kodak 160T film, pure full moon . . . and headlight reflections from US60 in the cafe windows.

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The Mina L

1960 Chevy and crane, in Mina, Nevada, on a cold and windy October night, in 2001.  It rained later that night, once those clouds moved in.  Looks like 15-20 minutes on Kodak 160T film.  Red flashlight on the headlights.

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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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