The Railyard on Film

The End of the Tunnel

The End of the Tunnel

About a week ago, a couple buddies contacted me about a trip to Albuquerque’s abandoned AT&SF railyard. I’d not been to the railyard all year. The movie industry has been filming in there almost constantly all summer. But things seem to settle down a bit in the fall, so we took a chance and got together a half hour before sunrise, cameras in hand.

We found a hole in the fence and went in. And before I knew it, 3 hours had passed and I’d put 4 rolls of film through my F3 and shot 200 frames with my D300.

It was a very good morning.

Machine Shop upper level - click for a larger view

Machine Shop upper level - click for a larger view

I’ve been in the abandoned railyard over a dozen times. I’ve brought Sharka in there for pix. I’ve brought out of town friends in for a visit. I’ve spent whole days in there just sitting in one of the shops and enjoying the peaceful, unique noises that echo through the huge old buildings. I’ve shot thousands of exposures in the railyard, each frame as joyful as the previous one.

But I’ve never brought a 35mm film camera into the railyard. Until now.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Eyeball Monster Sunrise

Eyeball Monster Sunrise

See ->

See ->

All of these shots are on film. Some on Fuji Reala 200, some on Kodak 400 black&white, and some on Kodak Gold 200 (a favorite of mine). All required almost zero editing in Photoshop. They were pure magic straight out of the scanner. It makes me wonder why I even bother with digital. Film gives such greater range, better colors, and superior results.

Also, all of these photos can be viewed larger in the little lightbox viewer if you click on one. It shows these shots a bit more nicely and you don’t have to read my blathering about film and trespassing stories.

Max Load

Max Load

Like a Church

Like a Church

My first shot of the day.

My first shot of the day.

FIRE - The last shot of the day.

FIRE - The last shot of the day.

The wind blowing through her hair.

The wind blowing through her hair.

Mr Punchies on film

Mr Punchies on film

I call this guy “Mr. Punchies.” and it’s just about my favorite piece in the whole railyard. He’s been there for at least 4 years, since before my first visit. He’s starting to flake apart. Too much weather for a little bit of paint sprayed on some glass to take. I was very pleased to be able to shoot him on film before he flaked away completely.

Yeah, that’s how I am. I care about and name various pieces of graffiti. And then I blog about it.

Can you imagine working here?

Can you imagine working here?

Boiler Shop black and white

Boiler Shop black and white

The blue just kills me.

The blue just kills me.

My favorite view.

My favorite view.

Eyeball monster in shadow.

Eyeball monster in shadow.

Broken

Broken

Locker Room

Locker Room

Reflections

Reflections

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  • Brent says:

    How close is this to Albuquerque? I would love to go shoot there, but Google isnt being helpfull at giving the location away

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