Milwaukee abandoned 1957 Chevy urban ruins "light painting" "night photography" "art photography" "long exposure photography"

Alleys & Ruins no. 113, Truck Stop (2008, Milwaukee, WI, 1am)

Alleys & Ruins no. 113, Truck Stop (2008, Milwaukee, WI, 1am)

 

While in Milwaukee, I was thrilled to find an old abandoned 1957 Chevy cab-over truck, sitting at the end of an alley surrounded by abandoned buildings, and slowly becoming one with the earth. It had been sitting in this alley for years waiting for its close-up. On the truck’s bed was another old truck in even worse condition, having been in a fire.

It almost seemed like the truck had sprung from this fertile ground, the way it was surrounded by lush greenery. I wasn't sure how to bring this idea to life, but I lit the grass with fluorescent green light to give it a little more power, and then worked on the truck with blue lights to give it life. Cab-over trucks are kind of pug nosed, giving them a real face and lots of character. Then there are the 2 headlights... While everything else is rusted and broken, these 2 lights are almost sparkling and beaming with joy. I imagined an elf emerging daily to give them a good polish!

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In the years following this shoot, several people from the city told me this truck had sat there for at least 10 years and while in Milwaukee in Nov 2010, I dropped in, and there she was! On my last visit, in 2014, the old Chevy had finally moved on

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