8 thoughts on “Pearsonville junkyard night photography gallery part I of II”

  1. Thanks for posting these, Joe. Can’t get over the changes to this place. Nice to see that some cars look like they are being spared the crusher but, still, Pearsonville will never be the same.

  2. You’re right Joe, images are easier to process than emotions. I almost cried when I saw your panos of the place. The essence of it is gone forever. I couldn’t go back. It would be too painful. I feel like I’ve lost my personal Disneyland. Looks like the Packards are gone too. I’m so glad that I had the chance to photograph those wonderful old cars when the place was still had character. Now it’s just another patch of desert. Best to you and Troy, Linda

    1. Hi Linda – The changes are drastic, and I’m sure many people feel this way. Some of the strongest emotions I’ve experienced in a long time were when I saw the empty walled yard and back lot last month. That being said, if we approach a final shoot at Pearsonville with roots in the documentary tradition, it’s important to photograph Pearsonville now. The arc of the story includes this difficult final chapter. In many ways, photographing abandoned places is about sitting with old things and watching them die. This work is not easy. Processing these emotions by bearing witness one last time will be an intense, learning experience. – Joe

  3. That is SO sad! what happened to the big fire trunk in the middle of the race track? Also, what happened to Engine No. 10 from Lone Pine?

    1. Hi Tong – the 1920′s fire truck on the race track is still there. Pretty sure the Lone Pine engine is still up front, too. – Joe

  4. For me, the best part of the site was the desolate feeling created by those decapitated. It looks like those are all gone now. They have ruined the ruin.

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