Night Photography With a Legend, in an Amazing Location
by Joe Reifer
The San Francisco Bay Area is a major hotspot for night photography, with a strong community of talented photographers affiliated with a night photography group called The Nocturnes. During the September full moon I had the opportunity to go on a road trip with one of the legends of abandoned places night photography, Troy Paiva.
Troy has been shooting abandoned places at night since 1989. His book Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West recently entered a second printing, and is required reading for anyone interested in night photography. Troy's imaginative and colorful light painting work has been an inspiration to countless night photographers.
Troy and I headed off to California's Mojave desert for two nights of shooting at an airplane salvage yard. Needless to say it was a jaw-dropping location—giant plane parts juxtaposed with Joshua trees in the desert landscape. My photos from the trip are on flickr. Troy has a great set of images from the August full moon on flickr and will be posting photos from September soon. I hope you enjoy the photos!
Posted by JOE REIFER