Like millions of people around the world, I am a huge fan of the AMC series The Walking Dead. Since the mid-season premiere of Season 6 just kicked off Sunday, I thought I would have some fun and do something different by creating a homage to my favorite television series.
As many of my friends know, I am also a lover of shooting abandoned and derelict places wherever I may find them. That includes anything from decaying asylums to shuttered factories and ghost towns. And since I have a collection of images of abandoned places, it was fun to turn them into an apocalyptic world to celebrate the return of my favorite show.
As viewers of The Walking Dead well know, the characters find themselves in a zombie apocalypse and mostly abandoned decaying world, where humans are more dangerous than walkers. In the brave new world of the dead, abandoned buildings are everywhere.
This is another reason I love the series, as the spooky locations, cinematography and overall green, blurry sickly look are way cool. As if you are viewing these abandoned places through the eyes of the walkers. Perfect for Halloween too, my favorite holiday.
So I hope you will indulge my love for all things abandoned in this quick post. And if you are also a fan, you may find some Easter eggs within a few of the images, which I hope convey the ghastly look and feel only The Walking Dead does so very well. The image titles are named after Walking Dead episodes.
As those of you know who read my original 2013 post, Pismo Beach Stairway to Nowhere, earlier this year I received conflicting information as to whether a vintage spiral staircase – long since abandoned – had indeed been demolished. This decaying gem, which once transported happy beachcombers safely down the steep rugged cliffs to a picturesque cove, is a source of fond memories to locals. I am happy to finally report that, as of April 2015, the staircase still stands in all its glory, although plans have been proposed for its partial demolition and restoration. In honor of one of my favorite James Bond movies, I titled the image You Only Live Twice, as it seemed rather appropriate.
According to newspaper articles, Noreen Martin, owner of Martin Resorts, has applied for a coastal development permit to repair and reconstruct the staircase, which can only be accessed via kayak or brave souls who dare swim to the beach. At one time the staircase was connected to the coastal bluffs by a bridge that has long since rotted away, leaving the now disconnected stairway alone and decaying from the salty ocean air. Martin’s plans include preserving the existing staircase core and constructing a new spiral staircase around it.
In addition, the existing seawall would be restored and a new pedestrian bridge would be built from the Ventana Grill – located on hotel row just above the staircase – down to the stairs. For those of you who are interested in viewing or photographing the original staircase, I would recommend a timely visit to the Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach before the restoration work commences. And have a lovely James Bond Vesper martini – shaken not stirred – in the lounge. A heap of thanks to Richard Bryant for sending me the newspaper article.