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Polyphase at the Loft, 2/13/15

Loft 21315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 01

I’m not going to many shows these days,  but when Joshua White told me that Jeff Parker was joining him for his Polyphase show, I had to be there.

Loft 21315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 05

I hope they start playing more often, this was a really fun night of music.

Loft 21315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 09

Loft 21315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 11

I know Joshua was enjoying himself too, he smiled through every song.

Loft 21315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 08

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Windansea Beach under Full Moon, 1/3/15

Windansea Beach at Night, 10315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

The first full moon of the year happened on a cold night with crystal clear waters. You could dive in and pull out a few lobsters if you were so inclined.

Windansea Beach at Night, 10315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 03

The northern end of Windansea Beach has these big rocks jutting out into the water. The low tide that exposed them completely.

Windansea Beach at Night, 10315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 04

It’s even more of a dreamlike experience when you’re actually out there at midnight.

Windansea Beach at Night, 10315 © Michael Klayman 2014- 01

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Windansea Beach at Night, 11/7/14

Windansea Beach at Night 110714 © Michael Klayman 2014- 01

I love shooting under a full moon, it’s as surreal as reality gets.

Windansea Beach at Night 110714 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

This time i used a flash to add an element of frozen waves. A few cups of green tea set the mood for nocturnal contemplation.

Windansea Beach at Night 110714 © Michael Klayman 2014- 03

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Boron, CA at Night, 9/6/14

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 01

By daylight, the remnants of a cold war radio tower (and later, federal prison) don’t seem so ominous.  High up on  a hill, this lookout point for Sputniks can be seen from miles away. The dry air in the outskirts of Death Valley preserves the buildings quite nicely. It’s actually all the visitors who come here who have ravaged this complex.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

If people had been stealing the copper wiring from the guard housing a dozen years ago when the prison was still active, they might have spent time in the inmate housing, which Eric and I skipped for this trip. Walking through this neighborhood was starting to get eerie now that the sun was below the horizon.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 04

The trees look as lifeless as the houses.  Instead of going for details of the houses, I included the trees in these shots to add another element of decay.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 05

I shoot often during the full moon, but the light painting is something I don’t have much experience with. My collaborator on this excursion, Eric Rife, has a large array of flashes, lights, and colored gels which were fun to use, yet challenging to implement. It’s like dodging and burning very early in the process- it takes a lot of trial and error, and even then it’s not repeatable from shot to shot.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 07

This night was a true collaboration, in the sense that we helped each other get satisfying shots.  Eric lit the interiors with multiple flash pops while I painted the outside and trees with a high powered flashlight.  I thought about doing some interior shots, but there’s only so much broken glass and rat poop I can handle in one night.  While exploring one of the bedrooms,  Eric pointed out the biggest black widow spider I’d ever seen,  and I promptly left that house through the nearest large hole in the wall that was closer than the front door.

This was also the point where we met a few drunk Mexican dudes who saw the flashes and came to check it out. They were nice enough, telling us where to find the graffiti they just finished, but we didn’t want to run into them again out here in this desolation. There are no rules where there are no people.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 09

I like the greenish yellow color on that near wall, but we tried a few variations.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 08

The radio tower at the top of the hill served as a constant reminder that this was an unnatural location for such a quaint neighborhood.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 10

Hearing some more voices in the near distance, accompanied by some motorcycle revving, we decided this might be a good time to pack up and move on.  There are some pretty power towers on the way back to the Boron Motel, just past the 20 Mule Team Cafe. If you’re patient enough, you just might catch a car coming to town as a truck leaves.

Boron California 90614 © Michael Klayman 2014- 11

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Downtown aty Night with Anton Orlov, 8/9/14

Downtown at Night 80914 © Michael Klayman 2014- 01

It’s fun shooting at night with other photographers.

Downtown at Night 80914 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

Anton Orlov does wet plate tintypes. I styled these train shots after the look he gets with his extremely involved and lengthy process.
Downtown at Night 80914 © Michael Klayman 2014- 03

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