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|| News Item: Posted 2009-12-28

Decade Collection: David Honl
'I often enjoy mediating during a shoot, and imagining the sights, sounds, and smells of vacant historical sites.'

By David Honl

Photo by David Honl

Photo by David Honl
I've been reflecting on a lot of my pictures lately, and these two were the most thought provoking and meaningful to me. No lighting setups, no subjects, and just me all alone in the spaces.

The hallway picture is from the "Progress" anthrax factory in northern Kazakhstan. It was the most secretive spot on the planet during the Cold War, and in its day, the Soviet Union's most valuable weapons scientists walked these hallways, producing biological weapons and testing on chimpanzees.

The other shot is the looted interior of Saddam Hussein's Presidential helicopter. I was allowed to sit there and do some meditating, and take one of my favorite shots of the decade.

I often enjoy meditating during a shoot, and imagining the sights, sounds, and smells of vacant historical sites. I'm always grateful to be given these opportunities!

(David Honl is a freelance photographer based in Southern California. You can see more of his images on his member page:

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