005: Troy Paiva | Lost America
“Wandering the deserted backroads of the American Southwest, Troy Paiva has explored the abandoned underbelly of America since the 1970s. Since 1989 he’s been taking pictures of it . . . at night, by the light of the full moon. A multi-discipline artist, Troy needed to find a new medium to create personal art while he worked in a heavily art directed graphic design job. Sitting in on a few night photography classes, he had a revelation when the subject of light-painting came up. Here were techniques that would be perfect for capturing the atmosphere and mystery of the modern ghost towns and epic junkyards he was already exploring.
After years of development, Troy’s early vision has been fully realized through his unique style and technique. The colored lighting is done with a flashlight or strobe flash masked with theatrical lighting gels. It’s effect reanimates these dead places, turning them into mutant tableaus of some vaguely familiar parallel universe. The minutes-long exposures allow the stars to spiral around Polaris and the moving clouds to smear ethereally across the sky. Many of these subjects are already gone; bulldozed, burned down, subdivided, melted for scrap or simply vanished beneath the shifting desert sand.” – Lost America
Troy talks about his beginnings all the way to his newest book “Night Vision.” Enjoy some of the stories behind the work and the photos that make Troy Paiva.
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[0:37] – Show Summary | The Midnight Writer
[3:37] – Calendar | Full Strawberry Moon
(June 7, 2009) — Full Moon also known as the Full Strawberry Moon | 2:12 P.M.
(June 10, 2009) — Moon at apogee | The point in the Moon’s orbit when it is farthest from Earth.
(June 13, 2009) – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
(June 15, 2009) — Last Quarter Moon | 6:15 P.M.
(June 15, 2009) — Jupiter stationary | The body appears motionless in the sky due to the turning point between its direct and retrograde motion.
(June 15, 2009) – Glory Taurus Launch
(June 21, 2009) — Summer solstice | 1:46 A.M.
(June 22, 2009) – Dwarf Planet 134340 Pluto Closest Approach To Earth (30.664 AU)
(June 22, 2009) – Asteroid Vespa in Conjunction with the Sun
(June 22, 2009) — New Moon | 3:35 P.M.
[5:08] – Spotlight | Troy Paiva – Lost America
[7:00] • Chrysler Moonrise
[8:17] • Jimmy Jet
[9:24] • Flooded Trailer
[10:33] • P2 Me
[11:50] • Sacramento in the Sky
[13:25] • Road Runner’s Retreat 1989
[14:45] • Shiny Spikey
[16:00] • The Three Ed’s
[17:16] • Bodie Moonrise
[19:13] • Full Steam Ahead
[19:38] • The Fat Man Sleeps
[23:00] • The Danger Zone
[27:05] • Rocket Site
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