The Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Had an opportunity to shoot the “Neon Boneyard” where old hotel & casino signs go to “die.” There is a ton of history in this place- the old Stardust and Sahara signs, the Aladdin’s lamp, wedding chapel sign.. you name it, they probably have a sign for it.  It’s not to hard for your imagination to slip back to the days of the Rat Pack and imagine these signs lit up over the strip, chasing away the night and promising untold winnings at the tables and slots.

The experience of shooting the Boneyard was very different from my favorite type of shooting- landscapes. With landscapes you are trying to capture the awe and majesty of a place, here- it was tough, a lot tougher to compose and think through the final image. I ended up doing many detailed shots of the colors and textures of the signs. I found just shooting a sign straight on yielded, well, a really boring photograph… And this is the first time I think I can remember I never switched lenses. Every image was shot with my 24-70mm f2.8 Nikkor lens.

I’ll be posting some results over the next few days, as always, appreciate any feedback.

The Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

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2 Responses to “The Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas”

  1. Please keep posting, this is fabulous.

  2. Burst, thank you so much, can say the same for your work as well, truly inspiring!

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