January 7th, 2006

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Point Fermin and Fort McArthur (photo expedition, part 4)

For some this might be a little off topic, but Fort McArthur is one of those abandoned sites that's taken on a new life and existance after abandonment.

While we’d been wandering Point Fermin Park and the Sunken City, it was hard not to look at the bluffs above. Fort McArthur was the post that guarded the approached to Los Angeles for over 80 years. In fact, the housing compound is still an active military enclave, part of Los Angeles AF Station. The upper reaches of the Fort hold remnants of the WW1 & 2 gun emplacements and munitions bunkers that defended San Pedro Bay. On this trip we didn’t get to the large (14”) gun emplacements further up the hill, but we did take photos of the former 6” gun positions and the Korean American Friendship Bell.


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Per request, here's a close-up of the old Ford in the shed pictured earlier. Sorry I didn't get any closer but just used my telephoto lens. Maybe there's a possible future shoot here??
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A series from Utica NY

The New York Central Railroad maintained a very large freight yard in Utica right up into the 1960's. In the 1940's, it was the NYC's largest transfer facility. The NYC is gone (but not forgotten) and the freight house is abandoned and boarded up...

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Last summer I had the opportunity to explore several unused buildings (often with guided tours by owners or the owners' employees) as part of scouting for locations for a film. (FYI: I highly recommend this as a way to get inside interesting buildings and photograph them-- You might talk with your local film commission and offer to help them create stock photos of locations.)

It was this experience that led me to join this community, and to find out about the very existence of the urban exploration subculture. (Yay!)

The following are some of the photos from my location scouts this summer. Bear in mind that they were taken for the purpose of documenting what the buildings would offer in terms of visuals and the physical practicality of setting up equipment and shooting-- Not artistic expression. But I thought some of you might like to see them, anyway.

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Just for fun, here's a shot from the former Film Exchange building in downtown Oklahoma City. Unused for decades, it was a place where area theater owners could view films available for showing, and rent them for their theaters. Possibly they bought snack bar supplies and equipment, as this Sno-Kone sign might indicate. (Or maybe the theater owners bought snacks, like any other movie-goer!)

I wanted to steal that sign so bad...

I'll post more photos of other places when I get around to resizing and uploading them.