I have had a problem with not being able to travel to the places I’d like to because I have, what’s it called? Oh, no money. So I’ve been making due with a 60 mile radius which has been fine for a few months but all that scenery starts to dry up and tedium sets in when trying to discover a new subject. Living in Sonoma County means no shortage of beautiful scenery, but I don’t feel like shooting the same beautiful hills to grab the sunset. So it’s more my problem than there being a lack of worthwhile landscapes. I tried to break the mood up with photoshop trickery. For instance:
Hey, look! I made it look like a painting. But alas, aside from clashing with my oeuvre, it still reminds me of at least two other published shots of mine. So, while I was driving around looking for something, already resigned to not finding anything, I saw an old, partially collapsed building hidden behind some trees and tall grass. After navigating along a fence with several signs saying something about trespassing, I found an opening that revealed a way into the structure. It was an abandoned winery, graffitied to hell and strong gust away from crushing anyone within it. This was gold to me . It looked like some abandoned civilization who discovered colorful, long-lasting pigments and was wiped out by a massive earthquake. This is the main hall but there are two other buildings with amazing visual interest, (one of which is currently the site background). I can’t find any history of this place. It’s known to a few others on flickr, but it appears that why it’s abandoned, wrecked and left for adventurous folks to illicitly wander it is known to a select and quiet few.
If anyone knows, please leave a comment. Here’s the link to it on Google Maps.