Monday, July 25, 2011

road trip video log

Here are a few videos from my trip to Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. Although my vidoe skills are far from perfect, I think these videos will give you a good sense of where I have been and what I have been doing these past weeks. 
What a surreal trip it has been.

Somewhere west of Inverness, MT.

Someplace along Montana's high line. Notice the howling winds of the prairie...

More in Montana.

Abandoned military base. Really. 

Although I only show one bird's nest and one bat in this video, I found more birds, bats and other miscellaneous animals (both dead and alive) then I could show you videos of. In more then one building a pigeon or two would come flying out, barely missing my head, and scaring me half to death.

North Dakota, just a few miles from the boarder to Canada. The bugs here: almost unbearable. 

Another windy day in North Dakota. Please let me explain, the reason this video is so shaky is because I was looking down in the grass to make sure I wasn't going to step on a snake, and not paying attention to what I was filming. (I didn't step on any snakes though.)

South Dakota. I just loved the blue walls of this house and the cracked white paint in the kitchen. Beautiful. 

I swear...if that wall could talk...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

july road trip 2011


It turns out that planning a road trip is a full time job. For the last week all I have been doing is research, preparation and more research. I've decided to take my thesis out of state and expand my search for abandoned buildings outside of California.

The first leg of the trip will start in Montana and wind me through the great states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

I haven't been able to keep my head out of the books of those who have taken similar adventures before me. 

I've been making endless lists of counties, towns and provinces that promise to provide an abundance of abandonment. 


A Handful of Dust, by David Plowden. 


Ghosts in the Wilderness by Tony and Eva Worobiec has been on the top of my inspirational list since the very beginning of this project. Now, I get to re trace some of their steps a decade later. 

 Looking and looking through old notebooks for breadcrumbs about abandoned places throughout the history of photography.

Abandoned America by Steve Gottlieb, another hugely inspirational resource. 

I love a good atlas. 

 Went to AAA and snagged a dozen or so maps. Wow, holding a map feels I almost forgot how much I despise folding them up when I am done with them!


More and more notes...

...and maps!