A secret location found in a library book, investigated on a 20 year old map, and accessed through extensive and humorously unnecessary bushwhacking. This beautiful circular wooden library is in quite good condition. I’d like to fill up the bookshelves, dust off the mattress, and move in. Click the image above to see the 360 degree panorama.
The 360º full moon night panorama of the stone ruins at an abandoned 19th century resort involved a somewhat precarious camera position. I climbed up a low stone wall into the broken up rocks and overgrown trees and shrubs next to the building. Adjusting the tripod legs on the rocks to get the camera stable was a challenge. Shooting 6-shots around for the panorama involved finding stable footing between camera rotations without upsetting the rocks that were supporting the camera. The pano stitched together just fine, and turned out to be worth the effort. Use your mouse to navigate around the image — the button on the bottom right will take you full screen!
Yeah I recognize that girl
I took her from rags right through to stitches
Oh baby, tonight we sleep in separate ditches.
Deep in the woods
Deep in the woods
Deep in the woods a funeral is swinging.
- Nick Cave
We photograph the buildings and foundations until the moon has arced low in the west. We disappear as night slowly fades back into day. These woods haunt me. I hope that comes through in the photographs.
A new portfolio of night photography of the Impossible City at Fort Ord is available on my website. The gallery contains ten 360º panoramas and four additional night photos. Located at the decommissioned Fort Ord in Monterey, California, Impossible City is a small fake town used by the military, FBI, and police for urban tactics training. The gray cement buildings are arranged to make moving from point-to-point difficult.
Impossible City is a very surreal place. Are these the stone ruins of some lost civilization? A film set for a war movie? What planet is this?
Take a virtual tour of the Impossible City by moonlight using the satellite view map below. The red dots will take you to any of the ten interactive 360º panoramas or four long exposure photos. Within each panorama are 1-3 links that allow you to explore the Impossible City. You can navigate back up to the satellite view using the small map button at the bottom right/center.
A 20-minute exposure during moonrise from the rooftop of the tallest building in the courtyard of the Impossible City. This small fake town at Fort Ord was built for military training. All areas are visible from nearby buildings, which makes getting from point A to point B almost impossible.