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Fort Ord (abandoned military base)

 
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Aug 31, 2009 23:30 |  #1

Where do I even start? This is easily the most amazing place I've ever had the pleasure of visiting and/or photographing. It literally blew me away.

Long-story-short, I went on a little weekend getaway to Monterey Bay with a friend of mine. She used to go to school up there. She says "hey, you like abandoned places, there's an abandoned military base by my old college." I'm like "ok", but I was thinking it would probably be super lame and/or impossible to get in to. Boy was I wrong...

We roll up to the campus, and immediately I'm in shock. There are abandoned buildings EVERYWHERE. As far as the eye can see almost. I didn't even know where to start shooting! The most amazing part of it is there is a fully-functioning college amidst all this abandoned military infrastructure. Here's this super modern library, right next to a bunch of defunct barracks. Seriously unbelievable. Ok, let's get on with the photos.

1.)

IMAGE: http://home.tiora.net/tony/Fort%20Ord/IMG_6615small.jpg

2.) Inside one of the buildings pictured above. Seriously pitch black in there, I was very nervous at first but I got more and more comfortable with it.
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3.)
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4.)
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5.) Chapel
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6.) This room gave me the creeps. Paint everywhere.
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7.)
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8.)
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Here is the full set from that weekend.
http://home.tiora.net ...index.php?path=Fort​%20Ord (external link)

We went back twice. I would have needed a LOT more time than that to explore everything. Another thing that shocked me about this place was the fact that we were basically allowed to roam free, no one hassled us the entire time, and there were security cars rolling around all over the place. It was like I died and went to urban exploration heaven. Haha.

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Sep 01, 2009 10:22 |  #2

Awesome stuff! I want! haha


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Sep 01, 2009 10:26 |  #3

Amazing place here. What a playground!
This and the rest of your set are very interesting. Thanks for posting!


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Sep 02, 2009 09:08 |  #4

All wonderful pics. I like #3 and #4 most - nice processing. This place needs more exploration


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Sep 02, 2009 09:37 |  #5

BIG H wrote in post #8568797external link
All wonderful pics. I like #3 and #4 most - nice processing. This place needs more exploration

Thanks! It's actually a fairly well-known place out here. There are a couple of companies that organize paintball games in the old WWII barracks. There were kids playing paintball in there the day I was in there taking pictures, I was sort of shocked about that. There is or was a prison somewhere on this base, and they used to let you play paintball in there too. If you search around on flickr you'll see lots of sets of photos taken from this place.


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Sep 03, 2009 21:08 |  #6

To see the old barracks in #8 brought back some memories, of training there in the '69.




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Sep 03, 2009 23:14 as a reply to strokedbeast's post |  #7

About: http://home.tiora.net ...t%20Ord/IMG_6662sma​ll.jpgexternal link

I like the use of negative space on the right, the symmetry of the window pane, and the random but at the same time predictable pattern of the broken glasses. The contrast between the dark room and the bright outdoors is dramatic.


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Sep 03, 2009 23:40 |  #8

Captaintours, it is actually one company (Blackcat Paintball). I have had the distinct pleasure of being one of those players.

Oh yeah, nice shots! :)


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Sep 04, 2009 00:14 |  #9

3Honu wrote in post #8580620external link
Captaintours, it is actually one company (Blackcat Paintball). I have had the distinct pleasure of being one of those players.

Oh yeah, nice shots! :)

That's awesome, I'm jealous. I'm not even good at paintball. Haha.

Thanks for the compliments, guys. :)


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Sep 04, 2009 00:26 |  #10

That's the beauty, you don't have to be good.
In fact, Since you are in San Diego and want a free day of play during Jungle Island's (Lake Elsinore) big game hit me up via PM. I know the guy running it


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Sep 04, 2009 01:28 |  #11

3Honu wrote in post #8580826external link
That's the beauty, you don't have to be good.
In fact, Since you are in San Diego and want a free day of play during Jungle Island's (Lake Elsinore) big game hit me up via PM. I know the guy running it

Thanks for the offer! I'll let you know.


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Mar 08, 2011 19:09 |  #12

The damage is a shame! My grandfather worked there for many many years. Hopefully I'll get to stop by there next week when I'm in town. Thanks for sharing.


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Mar 08, 2011 22:11 |  #13

socalrailfan wrote in post #11983636external link
The damage is a shame! My grandfather worked there for many many years. Hopefully I'll get to stop by there next week when I'm in town. Thanks for sharing.

Heh! Resurrecting an old thread:)! But, our saying there in the area used to be that "The sun never shines over Fort Ord"...'course as you see it does tend to be an overcast place, but this was also during the 'Nam "stuff".


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Mar 08, 2011 23:23 |  #14

I did some training there in the late 80s or early 90s. Home of the "light fighters" - light infantry. Thanks for the memories.




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Mar 09, 2011 00:23 |  #15

I like #4 of the broken windows. Nice set of images.




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