Saturday, June 21, 2014

Boron Air Force Station / Federal Prison

A House Is Not A Home - Boron, California
Photograph by Troy Paiva
Last November I made a trip out to the abandoned Boron Air Force Station and Federal Prison. It was one of the most interesting places that I've had the chance to photograph. For those who like photographing abandoned locations, this is one place that must be visited.

There is a photographer, Troy Paiva, who takes abandonment photography to a whole different level. He goes out to these creepy (and often somewhat dangerous) locations at night to capture photographs. When the rest of us are in our warm beds in the safety of our homes, Troy is light painting dilapidated structures.

It takes some guts to visit abandoned locations. There is an element of danger (both with hazardous buildings and hazardous wildlife), and the chance that someone might not appreciate you trespassing on their property. It takes a lot of guts to visit these locations in the dark of night!

Old Yield Sign - Boron, California
Photograph by Ritchie Roesch
Very recently Troy went out to the old Boron Air Force Station to capture it at night. He just began trickling the images out on Flickr (he is known as Lost America there). I recommend going over to his Flickr page and checking out the photographs. As of this writing he has posted three images of Boron Air Force Station, but I imagine that there will be several more posted over the coming days.

Interestingly, Troy has also photographed the abandoned George Air Force Base housing. I photographed there, too, back in 2012. Be sure to check out both Troy's great photographs, as well as my images.

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