Raider Country Hangar at the former El Toro Air Base
Raider Country Hangar at the former El Toro Air Base

In the spring of 2013 I heard about a photography workshop series lead by the The Legacy Project team at the OC Great Parks. I was able to attend two of the 5 classes, and a couple of my images were included in the gallery exhibit entitled A Different Point of View. (Post about last year’s event.)

A few weeks ago I found out that another three part series was offered at the Great Park. Although I couldn’t attend the first part, I very excitedly signed up for the other two classes. The first one was lead by Jacques Garnier, who explored the peaks and valleys of the creative spirit. The workshop was more of a conversation than a lecture, and participants explored different ideas of how to overcome the ‘blank page’ syndrome, or the ‘photographers’ block’. Ironically, one of Jacques’ great ideas was to switch lenses for some new point of view. Just days prior to the workshop I purchased a fish-eye lens, and I was looking forward to trying it out at the airbase location we were going to see. This day we visited the Raider Country former hangar, which is partially occupied by a recycling company. We were able to explore the left side of this building, at least a few rooms in it.

 

The place is a photographer’s paradise – it hasn’t been cleaned for many years, possibly over a decade. For a person like me, who likes to record messages from the past, this was a place hard to leave. I mostly used my new fish-eye lens, and I feel, that I captured some important elements of the deteriorating building and its history. I’ve created a thematic entitled A Decade of Decay, which portrays rooms from the above mentioned building, and a few images from another abandoned building. To see the whole set, please click here.

A Decade of Decay 1
A Decade of Decay 1

 

A Decade of Decay 3
A Decade of Decay 3

 

A Decade of Decay 11
A Decade of Decay 11

 

A Decade of Decay 13
A Decade of Decay 13

 

The second workshop was lead by Mark Chamberlain, and he educated us in great detail about the history of the park, the Legacy Project, and the future green corridor that is supposed provide a safe route for wild animals between the Santa Ana Mountains and the Pacific Ocean (Crystal Cove State Park). As part of the workshop we rode the Great Orange Balloon (my first time!), and we visited a fenced, closed from the public area that will become the green corridor. A few images from the balloon (click for a larger view):

The Great Orange Balloon
The Great Orange Balloon

 

The OC Great Park
The OC Great Park

 

The Palm Court at the OC Great Park
The Palm Court at the OC Great Park
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