Paul’s Junkyard

Boxy But Safe  :::::  Circa 1990 Volvo WagonBoxy But Safe ::::: Circa 1990 Volvo Wagon
The Purple Merge  :::::  Coachman and Pace Arrow RVsThe Purple Merge ::::: Coachman and Pace Arrow RVs
Heist  :::::  Prop Armored CarHeist ::::: Prop Armored Car
The Unsalted Rim  :::::  Airliner Engine NacelleThe Unsalted Rim ::::: Airliner Engine Nacelle
AK Blush  :::::  Circa 1941 Chevrolet TruckAK Blush ::::: Circa 1941 Chevrolet Truck
The Howling Raptor  :::::  The Howling Raptor ::::: "Fast 5" (2011) ::::: LA County Sheriff's bus.
The Monster in the Back Seat :::::  The Monster in the Back Seat ::::: "Lemony Snicket" (2004) ::::: 1961 Chrysler Imperial Custom Ghia Limousine
Count Olaf's Eyes  :::::  Count Olaf's Eyes ::::: "Lemony Snicket" (2004) ::::: 1961 Chrysler Imperial Custom Ghia Limousine
The Craters of Mars  :::::  School Bus and Steel DrumsThe Craters of Mars ::::: School Bus and Steel Drums
Heated Cabin  :::::  Greyhound ScenicruiserHeated Cabin ::::: Greyhound Scenicruiser
Hereby Discharged  :::::  Hereby Discharged :::::
C10 911  ::::: C10 911 :::::
The Cardboard Airlock  :::::  The Cardboard Airlock :::::
Junkyard Fanfare  :::::  Fire Truck AccessoriesJunkyard Fanfare ::::: Fire Truck Accessories
The Mummies  :::::  1963 Pontiac Bonneville AmbulanceThe Mummies ::::: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance
The Poison Seahorse  :::::  Ford TruckThe Poison Seahorse ::::: Ford Truck
Dearborn Entrails  :::::  Ford TruckDearborn Entrails ::::: Ford Truck
Objects In Your Past May Appear Larger Than Actual Size  :::::  Prison BusObjects In Your Past May Appear Larger Than Actual Size ::::: Prison Bus
The Other Split Window  :::::  The Other Split Window ::::: "Lemony Snicket" (2004) ::::: Tatra 2-603 II
Tri-Power Catfish  :::::  1957 Chevy CustomTri-Power Catfish ::::: 1957 Chevy Custom
Iced  :::::  Iced ::::: "Gangster Squad" (2013) ::::: 1946 Chrysler
Moonbuggy  :::::  15-Ton HysterMoonbuggy ::::: 15-Ton Hyster
The Cap'n's Chair  :::::  Lodge Travel RV, by El MonteThe Cap'n's Chair ::::: Lodge Travel RV, by El Monte
Swept Away  :::::  Swept Away :::::
Muscular Atrophy  :::::  1973 Dodge ChargerMuscular Atrophy ::::: 1973 Dodge Charger
Tag the Sky  :::::Tag the Sky :::::
Yabba Dabba Doo  :::::  Yabba Dabba Doo ::::: "Flintstones" (1994) prop car
Pancho Villa  :::::  1908 REO Model BPancho Villa ::::: 1908 REO Model B
Riding Squeaky Casters into the Abyss  :::::  Riding Squeaky Casters into the Abyss ::::: "Cobb" (1994) ::::: 1959 Chrysler Imperial
Radioactive Boardtrack  :::::  Semi Truck TrailerRadioactive Boardtrack ::::: Semi Truck Trailer
Kingfish  :::::  Bell UH1 IroquoisKingfish ::::: Bell UH1 Iroquois
Iroquois Burial Ground  :::::  Bell UH1 IroquoisIroquois Burial Ground ::::: Bell UH1 Iroquois
The Graveyard of Southern Rock  :::::  8-track tape box in the workshop.The Graveyard of Southern Rock ::::: 8-track tape box in the workshop.
Blue Radius  :::::  Blue Radius :::::
The Wall In Space  :::::  The Wall In Space :::::
It's a Party in Robotland  :::::  Circa 1950 Diamond T TruckIt's a Party in Robotland ::::: Circa 1950 Diamond T Truck
AM PM  :::::  AM PM :::::
Pony Withers  :::::  1971 MustangPony Withers ::::: 1971 Mustang
My Home is a Fuselage  :::::  Imperial Mansion and Airstream travel trailers.My Home is a Fuselage ::::: Imperial Mansion and Airstream travel trailers.
The Martian Porthole  :::::  Imperial Mansion travel trailerThe Martian Porthole ::::: Imperial Mansion travel trailer
Northro  :::::  Northro :::::
Mack's Pulsing Red Nose  :::::  1940s Mack Fire TruckMack's Pulsing Red Nose ::::: 1940s Mack Fire Truck
Smoke Signals  :::::  Smoke Signals :::::
  • Boxy But Safe  :::::  Circa 1990 Volvo Wagon
  • The Purple Merge  :::::  Coachman and Pace Arrow RVs
  • Heist  :::::  Prop Armored Car
  • The Unsalted Rim  :::::  Airliner Engine Nacelle
  • AK Blush  :::::  Circa 1941 Chevrolet Truck
  • The Howling Raptor  :::::
  • The Monster in the Back Seat :::::
  • Count Olaf's Eyes  :::::
  • The Craters of Mars  :::::  School Bus and Steel Drums
  • Heated Cabin  :::::  Greyhound Scenicruiser
  • Hereby Discharged  :::::
  • C10 911  :::::
  • The Cardboard Airlock  :::::
  • Junkyard Fanfare  :::::  Fire Truck Accessories
  • The Mummies  :::::  1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance
  • The Poison Seahorse  :::::  Ford Truck
  • Dearborn Entrails  :::::  Ford Truck
  • Objects In Your Past May Appear Larger Than Actual Size  :::::  Prison Bus
  • The Other Split Window  :::::
  • Tri-Power Catfish  :::::  1957 Chevy Custom
  • Iced  :::::
  • Moonbuggy  :::::  15-Ton Hyster
  • The Cap'n's Chair  :::::  Lodge Travel RV, by El Monte
  • Swept Away  :::::
  • Muscular Atrophy  :::::  1973 Dodge Charger
  • Tag the Sky  :::::
  • Yabba Dabba Doo  :::::
  • Pancho Villa  :::::  1908 REO Model B
  • Riding Squeaky Casters into the Abyss  :::::
  • Radioactive Boardtrack  :::::  Semi Truck Trailer
  • Kingfish  :::::  Bell UH1 Iroquois
  • Iroquois Burial Ground  :::::  Bell UH1 Iroquois
  • The Graveyard of Southern Rock  :::::  8-track tape box in the workshop.
  • Blue Radius  :::::
  • The Wall In Space  :::::
  • It's a Party in Robotland  :::::  Circa 1950 Diamond T Truck
  • AM PM  :::::
  • Pony Withers  :::::  1971 Mustang
  • My Home is a Fuselage  :::::  Imperial Mansion and Airstream travel trailers.
  • The Martian Porthole  :::::  Imperial Mansion travel trailer
  • Northro  :::::
  • Mack's Pulsing Red Nose  :::::  1940s Mack Fire Truck
  • Smoke Signals  :::::

Paul’s high desert Junkyard contains hundreds of vehicles, many used as props in the television and film industry. There are police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, buses, limousines, taxis, armored cars, garbage trucks, travel trailers/RVs, semi-trucks and heavy equipment. There’s even a few airplanes, helicopters and subway cars. Some of these objects are in storage, to be repainted and reused in another movie, but many are destined to meet their end at Paul’s . . . because the site also contains a full blown recycling operation . . . ‘The Pit” in the center of the yard, where massive crushers and shredders reduce the crashed and worn out vehicles into recyclable pieces no bigger than your fist. From the air it looks like a circling Black Hole, slowly absorbing everything in it’s orbit.

Since 2011, I’ve spent 31 nights inside Paul’s taking pictures and teaching night photography and light painting workshops. Every trip is a little different. The repertoire of vehicles is constantly changing, as new vehicles come in and inexorably inch their way closer to the pit, where they are consumed. Many of these objects are already gone. Sometimes Paul feels playful and stacks up a pile of RVs, or tears a car in half, or pulls a surprising treasure from his indoor collection, just for us to shoot.