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The Purple Beam

The Purple Beam ::::: Grantsville, Nevada

Another derelict building at the base of a giant pile of mine tailings at Grantsville, Nevada.  Founded after an 1863 gold strike, by 1885 the mine had mostly played out. It limped along until 1947, when the 50-building town was completely abandoned.  Only a few structures remain.

More Protomachine lighting, the interior was lit from a variety of angles with red and desaturated blue and green.  I climbed part way up the mine tailings behind the wall and projected purple light through the small window.  I really have come to like the glowing softness this light source allows-it’s capable of great subtlety.  Full moon, 10-minute exposure.

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