The Lost America Blog

No Putting Down Roots

Only used for about 20 years, the now abandoned neighborhood for the guards families at decommissioned Boron AFS and Prison, never really had a chance to establish itself.  Lost in a bleak and rocky corner of the Mojave Desert, miles from nowhere, windswept and deathly quiet . . . there’s no experience quite like being in a place like this, alone, at […]

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Potluck of the Guards

The abandoned housing tract at decommissioned Boron Air Force Station and Prison.  This isolated neighborhood is where the prison guards and their families lived their normal lives. It’s now a hauntingly quiet and mysterious place, many miles from the nearest inhabitant.  Red and turquoise-set Protomachines flashlight during a 257-second exposure.  Full moon too.

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Just Knock and Come In

Some of the abandoned houses at Boron AFS are more worse for wear than others.  Looks like someone parked their car in the living room of this one.  That’s the mirror farm at Lockhart/Harper Dry lake in the far distance, about 12 miles away.  Lime and red-set Protomachines flashlight and the full moon, 195 second […]

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Weird goings on at the abandoned housing tract at decommissioned Boron AFS/Prison. Nice to work in the early evening, with the moon still low in the sky. Full moonlight, with red Protomachine flashlight inside the house.  137 second exposure.

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The Moon’s First Kiss

Finally transitioning to full darkness, the rising full moon begins to cast long shadows on the abandoned guards housing tract at the abandoned Boron AFB/Prison.  I could hear coffin lids creaking open all around me as the vampires began to stir . . .  oh wait, that was probably just some jackrabbits making noise in there . […]

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Big Red Moon

The full moon crests the horizon at dusk, at the abandoned Boron AFS (WWII to 1975) and later, Boron Prison (1979 to 2000).  This 25-house tract was built to house the prison guards and their families, it’s now home to jackrabbits and spiders . . . not a soul for miles in any direction.  It was really […]

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A House is Not a Home (unless you’re a rabbit)

Sunset in the completely abandoned housing tract, at the decommissioned Boron Air Force Station (and Prison), lost and forgotten in California’s high desert.  About 25 houses (and dozens of other structures) stand open to the elements, gutted and severely vandalized.  Still a little too early for time exposures and light painting, but the vibe here was so […]

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The Ink Mist Vortex

One of four 4-foot fans in the rooftop air-filtration system of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  Closed and abandoned in 2009, now wide open to explorers and scrappers.  About midnight, mid-week.  The air scrubbing system on the roof was a maze of room-sized chambers, fans and filters, with ship-like hatches between them.  Good job opening those […]

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The Heist Gallery Show

I’m honored to announce that 4 of my prints have been selected as part of the group show for the launch of the new brick and mortar HEIST gallery in the Notting Hill section of London, England.  My first UK show, very exciting! The opening is this thursday at 6PM.  I won’t be there, but you […]

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Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Taken at the Valley Junkyard (near Fresno) while teaching last April’s workshop.  Pssst, a new workshop is opening for registration today . . . Night, full moon, 67-second exposure.  Protomachine flashlight set to yellows and greens.  Yes, I adjusted the piece of glass and those metal spindles to suit my needs.

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