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Descent of Man by Paul Lavallee

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Wicked creepy photo from deep inside the dark, abandoned army bunkers at Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown, RI. These bunkers were built to defend the United States against a possible Nazi invasion during World War II. Today it may seem to be a far-fetched idea, but a German U-Boat did sink a few ships off the Rhode Island shore and America had to prepare for all possiblities. (The Alaska Highway was built to defend the North from Japan at the same time.)

The bunkers are dark, and littered with candles and occult paraphernalia. We went in armed only with our flashlights and our cameras. It was the day after Halloween, so we half-expected to find revelers sleeping off the previous night’s partying. Alas, only our imaginations spooked us as much as the graffiti and candles.

Created using a Holga 120CFN with Fuji 800 ISO film in complete darkness with the white flash. No digital manipulation.


  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Paul, awesome urban shot mate!

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyalmost 6 years ago

    cool shot

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingalmost 6 years ago

    great expedition, how brave!

  • DeviousLili
    DeviousLilialmost 6 years ago

    Please add this to Urban Explorers

  • Thanks Stephanie for the suggestion. I’m never sure if my Urban-X stuff is any good. My girlfriend has much better Urban-X images.

    – Paul Lavallee

  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • Jessica Hardin
    Jessica Hardinalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome shot, love it!

  • Catherine Hadler
    Catherine Hadleralmost 6 years ago

    can’t believe you got that out of a holga – lovely

  • rorycobbe
    rorycobbealmost 6 years ago

    plastic fantastic

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTalmost 6 years ago

    You are a very brave man…and this is a fantastic shot! Love the title as well.

  • Vivi Kalomiri
    Vivi Kalomirialmost 6 years ago

    Well done!

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