Pleasant Valley (CA), Vintage Gas Pump, Open Doors, Decay

ISO100, 55mm, f/10, 0.5 sec
Pleasant Valley, El Dorado County, CA

A few years back I had seen an image of this derelict gas station online. It was interesting enough for me to note it was somewhere near the town of Placerville, but not interesting enough to make it a must-shoot location. If it was not for a chance drive-by with friends on the way to local wineries last year, I would not have remembered to seek this sad little building out.

(Click through the image for the 700px view)

Unlike the recent revival and restoration of vintage gas stations to their previous glory, this station will probably never return as a service station due to the plethora of modern stations in the vicinity. Perhaps a restored building can serve as a deli/coffeehouse for the locals during the week and for the oenophiles (real and imagined) touring the wineries during the weekend.

One of the architectural accents is the use of glass blocks to frame one of the doors. I am uncertain as to whether the blocks were present during the building’s inception or added later on.

While peering inside the station, I spied a vintage pickup truck and this old gas pump. I was intrigued by the door within a door image. A few compositional adjustments later and we arrive with this photograph.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/10, 0.5 sec

Pleasant Valley (CA), Vintage Gas Pump, Open Doors, Decay. Pleasant Valley, California. June 03, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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