Mulatto Bend Cemetery: West Baton Rouge Parish, LA

Mulatto Bend Cemetery

Mulatto Bend Cemetery

Mulatto Bend Cemetery

Mulatto Bend Cemetery

Mulatto Bend Cemetery

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Kodak Ektar in the Smena 8M

Sabine Pass Light

Lafourche Parish

Grand Isle

Cheniere Caminada Cemetery

Cemetery

Town of Spectre – B&W, wide angle

Town of Spectre

Town of Spectre

Town of Spectre

Sabine Pass Light (wide angle, B&W)

Sabine Pass Lighthouse

Sabine Pass Lighthouse

Sabine Pass Lighthouse

Town of Spectre: Holga

I went on vacation at the end of October/beginning of November, and I spent part of the time at my parent’s condo on Dauphin Island, a barrier island in Mobile Bay. I had with me a shiny new Holga; I had a Holga before, but for some stupid reason decided I didn’t need a Holga and a Diana, and since the Diana was literally the first lo-fi camera I bought since re-discovering film, I felt loyal to it.

Well, that was the wrong decision–not to keep the Diana, but to sell the Holga. And then they quit making Holgas, and I felt like that was probably that. Except nothing is ever that in the analogue film community, and of course another plastics factory bought the molds and started cranking them out barely a year later.

Anyway, this may look familiar to you if you’re a Tim Burton fan, it’s the abandoned “Town of Spectre” movie sets from Big Fish. They were built on Jackson Lake Island near Montgomery, AL, and because it’s privately owned land, the owner just left them. You can get onto the island for a $3 ($10 for overnight camping) fee.

Town of Spectre

Town of Spectre

Town of Spectre

The tree is fake, too–it’s made of styrofoam, and you can see where the brown paint has rubbed off.

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Black & white, various locations

Train depot at Lettsworth:

Lettsworth train depot

Flooded cemetery in Grand Isle:

Flooded cemetery

East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson:

East Louisiana State Hospital

Same location:

East Louisiana State Hospital

Abandoned church near Jackson:

Abandoned church

Lettsworth:

Lettsworth

Also Lettsworth (there are a lot of abandoned buildings there):

Lettsworth

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Sabine Pass Light (Diana F+)

So, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that abandoned lighthouses (at least in Louisiana) are my photography white whale. They are very hard to get close enough to to take a good photograph, because since the Gulf coast is always changing, they tend to very quickly become cut off from land access. I’ve tried to photograph this particular lighthouse, which is right on the southwest Louisiana/southeast Texas border, a couple of times.

Well, a couple of months ago I found out by chance—from a Yelp review, of all things—that Cheniere Energy, which owns the land that the lighthouse is on, has made their “road” (really just a pair of tire ruts) out to it open to the public. I checked in with the security shack at the entrance, showed a photo ID, and was escorted to the gate at the start of the road. I was told not to photograph the energy facility and to be sure I checked with security when I left, but allowed to proceed down the road unaccompanied.

I took a lot of photos from a distance, because I kept thinking this road is going to run out, this is probably the closest I’ll get; then I’d get back in my car and keep going. Turns out I was able to drive pretty close, to about ¼ of a mile away from the lighthouse, then I was able to walk most of the rest of the way. There’s water surrounding it and you can’t get close enough to touch it, but I was able to take photos from close enough that it filled the frame.

I had really good weather for it, it was warm but not hot that day, and not too humid. A member of the Facebook group that I help mod (Abandoned Louisiana) went the next weekend and said they were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I made it out with just a couple of bites. Also it hadn’t rained in a few weeks, so I was able to drive my Nissan (which does NOT have four wheel drive) down a dirt track without risk of getting mired. So yay, that’s one more thing I can cross off my photography bucket list!

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

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