Beneath the moonlight, on dry desert soil, glistens the tail of a B-58A aircraft.
If I’m not shooting historic, abandoned locations, you can find me camping and enjoying nature.
When I began taking photos of abandoned locations eight years ago, I always assumed there'd be a return visit to these sites and my friends and I would always talk about "the next time." But over the years, I have learned that each visit should be treated as the last because these relics can wind up inaccessible or demolished very quickly.
This photo was taken during my first visit to a beautiful glass building, a machine shop, at the former Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco back in 2006. I made a few visits over the next two years, but when the site became much more difficult to access, I never made it back to this building.
Because life is not always felt in color...
Painting in the patient wards at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
The Titan I ICBM Beale 851-C Power Plant.
Administration Building at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, constructed in 1870.A
...dinosaurs are awesome!
Kirkbride asylums were constructed to be self-sufficient and most campuses contained a dairy and agricultural farm, a post office, recreational facilities, water utilities and a power plant. Greystone Park Psychiatic Hospital was no exception.
This power station generated power for the entire campus, which included the main Kirbride building, which was designed to house 450 patients, nurses quarters and all other ancillary buildings.
(3 image pano stitched vertically, shot with Canon 17mm TS-E)
Photographing these planes was amazing, but walking amongst the giant metal parts of these bombers beneath the moonlight was even more incredible. I would love to experience that moment over and over again...
I'm a fairly simple gal when it comes to image editing (I blame the documentary photographer in me.)
Everyone has their own style, but I like mild adjustments and prefer to ensure the appearance of my images mostly resembles what I saw in person.
For the curious, above is a sample image from a dental chair in a hospital in New York, showing the RAW vs the Lightroom edit.
Patient dormitory at Harlem State Hospital.
Sadly, a few months prior to visiting this hospital, the owners began to illegally abate this building, but the glowing blue from twilight still filled the room with beauty.
Vines creeping into a window at the Forst Building at Trenton State Hospital in New Jersey.
Sadly, there is not much information available about this building. It appears as though it was constructed sometime between the 1920's and 1940's and was either Nurse's housing or a non-secure ward for patients.
I would really love to be driving on this road right now...
Patient tub inside the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey.