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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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The Sun Sets on Upper Management

This two-story management office overlooks the enormous warehouse, where thousands of copies of today’s newspaper was stacked and loaded into trucks for pre-dawn delivery.  Late at night, inside the San Francisco Chronicle’s now abandoned printing plant.  Totally dark space.  A good example of just how bright the Protomachines flashlight can be set.  Composite of two exposures.

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Footprints On The Line

The cavernous, 3-story pressroom, at the now abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  The footprints in the dust illustrate the volume of traffic through the site . . . from scrappers and explorers, like me.  Lit with the Protomachine flashlight.

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The Dirty Panel

There’s very little machinery left inside the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant, but this eye-catching control panel demanded my attention.  It controlled the flow of the giant rolls of paper into the presses.  Warm white light from 3 directions, one key, two, fill.  33-second exposure in total darkness.

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Freight Only

Fisheye inside the sketchy freight elevator, at the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  I always feel uncomfortable stepping into an elevator in an abandoned building, especially one that’s not actually lined up on a floor.  They had caution tape strung across the doorway, like I wan’t supposed to be in here . . . Night, total […]

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Do Not Touch This Computer

All screens have gone dark, inside the security office of the now abandoned San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant.  Total darkness, natural flashlight, 15-second exposure.

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Stalker Locker

Inside the sprawling, pitch-dark men’s locker room at the abandoned San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper printing plant.  Many of the 100s of lockers had some kind of sticker or picture, but this one, with the blonde obsession, was my favorite.  Night, total darkness warm/cool set Protomachines flashlight, fisheye lens.

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In Search of a Ghost Writer

The covered walkway to the cafeteria, at the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper printing plant, closed down and abandoned in 2009.  Based on the clean up work going on inside, demolition appears imminent. Deceptively complex to set up, this image was layered from two 400+ second exposures.  Because most of the doors are welded shut, the lighting […]

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