Friday, October 3, 2014

my first visit to THE ROCK....!

We have lived in San Francisco for over seven years now and up until a few weeks ago I had never been to Alcatraz Island. Is that weird? I kindof thought so....It is pretty much up my alley in that it has decaying, abandoned buildings, history, mystery and is the place for colonial nesting seabirds....who knew?!

A good friend came into town and wanted to hit up the island, so I finally was forced to commit to a date/time and a ticket purchase (you have to buy these weeks in advance sometimes).  The day started off ominous, chilly and gloomy.....pretty appropriate given that we were headed to a haunted island that housed bad boys, right?

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on our way over on the boat was this chilly little feathered nugget

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watch tower

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I was excited to jump behind my lens and capture the juxtaposition of the beauty against decay.....the reason for the structures for being there versus the sea and salt air taking it's tole on the materials....eventually breaking them down and driving them back to the ground in some cases. 

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solitary confinement cells

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The do a great audio tour that borders on the campy....an actual old inmate's gruff voice guides you through the buildings.....in and out.....so you can experience breaks into the fresh air....quickly turning back around and inside the cold buildings. The guide is spotted with stories and first hand accounts of s**t that goes down inside....I recommend it - at least once.

all images by janel holiday interior design - be cool and ask for permission prior to using, k?