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Crawlin' From The Wreckage  :::::  Tor-Erik Bakke

Crawlin’ From The Wreckage

Tor-Erik Bakke and a rolled Chevy Impala at Paul’s.  I love that it says “Escaped” on his wrist band, didn’t even notice it until I was processing the image. Page 70 of my new book.

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Tacos From The Dark Side  :::::  Dennis Valente  :::::  Roach Coach

Tacos from the Dark Side

Dennis Valente serving from a torched, blown up movie prop catering truck during a workshop at Paul’s Junkyard.  It was truly nasty inside this thing, filthy, stinky and loaded with sharp edges ready to disembowel you in the pitch darkness. It’s great to work with people willing to put themselves in difficult positions like this […]

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Pauly the Muscle  :::::  1948 Packard

Pauly the Muscle

This is Paul, the owner of Paul’s Junkyard near Lancaster CA.  He’s in front of a movie-prop 1948 Packard, one of a group of ’40s cars shot up for the  movie “Gangster Squad” to be released later this summer. This was done before moonrise–without any added lighting it would have just been a black silhouette. […]

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The Lizard King Checks His Blind Spot  :::::  Ron Pinkerton  :::::  Lodge Travel RV, by El Monte

The Lizard King Checks His Blind Spot

Portrait week continues with Ron Pinkerton, behind the wheel of a movie prop RV at Paul’s Junkyard.  Ron was an excellent model, he could sit perfectly still in an awkward position like this for days.  He’s like a lizard on a rock in the sun.  Combined with all his Doors references, coming up with this […]

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Satori in Taurus  :::::  Tom Bennett  :::::  1990s Ford Taurus

Satori in Taurus

While teaching last April’s workshop at Paul’s Junkyard I enjoyed making light painted time exposures of all the students.  It lets me make certain to have some good one-on-one time with everyone and they really get to see how I work, first hand.  I’ll be putting a few favorites online this week. Here’s Tom Bennett meditating under […]

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Happy Farmer Bob

Bob Azzaro’s 1961 Cadillac

A few days ago I talked my old pal Bob Azzaro into going shooting with me.  We took his cherry 1961 Cadillac out to Pescadero cemetery where I shot portraits with him and the car.  Bombing down highway 1 in the middle of the night in this tank was a real treat.  So big and […]

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Smokey Stover  :::::  Kevin Balluff

Night Portraits

During the alumni October workshop at Paul’s last year I did portraits of the students in the junkyard.  Here’s my favorite five. Shooting people with hand held and continuous source lights is tough because most humans can’t sit still long enough and end up blurry.  But with some experimentation and compromise I was able to […]

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