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Joe Reifer

JOE REIFER, BONEYARD NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, LUCKY JUJU PINBALL ART GALLERY, Alameda, CA: Last night I was fortunate enough to check out Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer's Boneyard Night Photography Show opening at the Lucky JuJu Pinball and art gallery in Alameda, CA.


Joe Reifer is one of the earliest shooters in the night photography genre. Like Troy Paiva in the previous photo, Troy specializes in abandoned and isolated scenes and uses flashlights and gels to give his photos an incredible cinema graphic feel.


Joe and Troy's Boneyard show is definitely worth checking out. The show consists mostly of night photography done in an old airplane graveyard out in the desert that is a popular destination where movie studios film plane crash and other scenes.


From the notes on the show:


"In the summer of 2006 night photographers Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer were granted access to photograph "Aviation Warehouse", a high desert airplane boneyard near El Mirage Dry Lake. This surreal location is a graveyard for every type of aircraft imaginable, from tiny Cessnas, to military fighters and transports, pre-war prop-liners, to wide-body jet airliners. Dead planes lay chopped and gutted amongst the Joshua Trees. Sheared-off noses reveal rows of empty seats and oxygen masks silently dangling. Clouds smear like ghosts and the stars arc across the sky during the long exposures."


This is Joe's third show at the Lucky JuJu Pinball art gallery. The Lucky JuJu is a great place to hang out anyways, but with Joe and Troy's work there right now even more so.


To see more of Joe's great work be sure to check out his photography website at Joe also blogs over at and you can see his stuff on Flickr here.


To see all of the photos from of this opening last night you can check out my smartset on Zooomr here. If you click on the little icon in the lower left hand corner of any thumbnail in this set it will open it up in lightbox mode for optimal viewing.

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Taken on May 4, 2007