Saturday, December 5, 2015

This Place Looks Abandoned, But It's Not...

Abandoned With Joshua - Mojave, California
Along a quiet road in the harsh Mojave Desert, a little outside of the small, dingy town of Mojave, California, among Joshua Trees and near a silver mine, sits what at first glance appears to be an old abandoned gas station. But this place is not abandoned. This is the Mojave Tropico Filming set.

The website says that this location has a "classic desert ambiance" which, in fact, it does. Boarded up, broken down buildings are common in this area. Forgotten cars, tires and oil drums can be found among the creosote and cactus. And this ambiance can be rented for your movie, television show, commercial or music video.

Even though it looks like a dilapidated mess, it's actually all make-believe. It's all carefully orchestrated. This is Hollywood, only out in the lonely, wind-blown dusty desert.
Toilets - Mojave, California
I couldn't find any information on what exactly has been filmed at the Mojave Tropico Filming set. This area is a popular filming location and has been for many years. But specifics on this particular set didn't come up in a Google search. It seems familiar enough that I'm sure I've seen it before in something, but I just can't put a finger on what.

There's a small fence that surrounds this set and signs warn not to trespass. I didn't see anyone around watching, but I decided not to cross the fence anyway. It's obviously private property and they don't want people poking around. I was able to capture these images from behind the fence.

I used a Sony RX100 II to capture these photographs. I post-processed the RAW files using Phase One Capture One Express, exported as TIFFs, then further edited using Alien Skin Exposure 7.
Tire Pile - Mojave, California
Vintage Truck & Joshua Tree - Mojave, California
Blue 55 Gallon Drum - Mojave, California
Deserted Desert Dreams - Mojave, California
Vintage Truck In The Desert - Mojave, California
ERV - Mojave, California

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