Abandoned refinery

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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This is an abandoned oil refinery in Signal Hill, California, one of the remnants of the great oil boom that began in the 1920s in what was then a little town and later became a small city that is entirely surrounded by Long Beach. Since I photographed these structures a few years ago from behind a perimeter fence, all were demolished. The land stands open today, hopefully awaiting redevelopment, and at least some environmental cleanup work has been done. I wanted a grungy look to suit the rust and decay in the structures, and so I used Topaz Clarity and Adjust (on a reduced opacity layer) plus added textures from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures (Glorious Grunge/Ambrotype and Textures 1/Ancien and Urban). (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 14-45mm zoom at 45mm [90mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent], f/7.1, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, late afternoon sun, handheld)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (January 2014)

Top 10 in “Industrial Places” challenge in Amazing Challenge Entertainment group (October 2016)

Featured in Withered (14 May 2017)
Featured in America the Beautiful (9 February 2014)
Featured in International Women’s Photography (25 January 2014)
Featured in Everyday Women (18 January 2014)

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