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Llano Del Rio-Is happiness a state of mind or dependent upon affluent material conditions? Llano Del Rio was designed by a feminist for a communist (Named Job), and included many modern “feminist features” such as kitchen-less homes, communal childcare, and built in furniture, all designed to reduce the amount of domestic work done by women. Within the circular city plan, were designs for underground tunnels to deliver food to the families, but these and other plans were never actuated due to lack of funding. Workers initially were payed a good wage, but as the colony grew, the wage system was abandoned and workers needs were taken care of instead of paying them outright. It grew from five families to a thousand people from 1913 to 1917. In 1917, the colony relocated with their once Vice President of the United States and Los Angeles Mayor hopeful Job Harriman, to Stables Louisiana, called it New Llano, and stayed there, and became Americas last and oldest socialist colony ever. Many of their values once considered subversive, are now considered standards of American life, like the 8 hour workday, minimum wage and social security. Is happiness a state of mind or dependent upon affluent material conditions? Read more here : (read it! Fascinating letters and period photos!) These images were shot on a cloudy night, with a combination of available light and flashlight, with exposure times ranging from 1 to 4 minutes. I primarily shot what was left of the assembly hall.

Four Aces

Four Aces is a movie rental set in the Mojave. On the last night of a three night trip, we went to three locations, and I really enjoyed this place.  Not as cold as it had been in some of our previous locations, i was having a great shoot there. As I was setting up for one of my last shots at this spot, I opened the legs of my tripod,and it  ripped right off, cutting my time there short. Luckily I was able to borrow a friends for the next location! Please enjoy these pictures, maybe take a moment to imagine your self  on a lonely desert road in the middle of the night, the wind cutting through your jeans, clouds streaking by at a breakneck pace, and the very occasional car rumbling by, showing the passage of time and reminding you that its a long lonely road.

Howards Hodgepogde


The Waters Fine (If You Like It Cold)

Howard’s Hodgepodge, was an amazing night near the full moon, in Nevada.  Shot in may 2010 with Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer, this was one of the most amazing junkyards Id  ever been to. The variety was incredible, different forms cast about everywhere.  It went on and on.  I wont.

The black and white images are shot in full daylight with an IR  filter.

The rest are shot at night, with different combination’s of moonlight, natural flashlight, gelled strobes, and sodium vapor lighting.

Junk yard dogs dont really care if you have permission!