May 2 2007 - House Near Red Rock State Park

From a Bygone Era

About six months ago I went on a photo excursion up to Red Rock State Park with my friend, graphic designer, and outdoorsman Chad Kampbell.  As we drove through Mojave and up the Highway 14 we saw this small collection of rundown homes.  I am an absolute sucker for aging and destroyed buildings.  It was already late so we made a mark on the map and promised each other to stop on the way back.

I was shooting with an absolutely gorgeous Hasselblad 503cw that weekend along with loads of Velvia 50 ISO slide film and a wide 40mm Distagon lens.  I saved a two rolls of 220 for the pitstop on the return journey and when we got there I wish I had saved more.  There were two houses, both fallen, that were surrounded by old rusted cars and appliances — goldmine.

We both jumped out of the car (it looked like a time machine sitting next to those old houses) and started shooting.  The 40mm Distagon lens was a godsend when I stepped in front of this bullet ridden refrigerator.  The scene was right out of a post apocalyptic 1950’s dream.  The velvia brought out the color of the rust beautifully; the red standing starkly in the foreground of a scene dominated with earth tones.

Printed on metallic paper, the entire frame comes alive.  Really something to behold.

May 2 2007 -  House Near Red Rock State Park

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