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Drive-in Theater Boneyard

An exhibit featuring the work of artist Troy Paiva

Introduction

Sage Crest Drive-In, Yerington, NV
Sage Crest Drive-In in Yerington, NV
Photo © Troy Paiva

This exhibit features seven works from Troy Paiva's night-time photography collection. Each photograph features a drive-in movie theater that has long ago taken its last breath.

Troy's work offers striking contrast to many of the well-kept drive-ins still in operation today. His pictures capture an eerie essence... showing just how commanding a drive-in screen can be, even after neglect and weather have taken their toll. We find them otherworldly and enchanting.

Although the images may make you miss what once was, we hope they remind you that simple pleasures are often taken for granted; we hope they encourage you to go out and support drive-ins that have endured.

You can see other work by Troy and purchase full size prints of these and other photographs on his web site Lost America.

Technical Note

These photographs ARE NOT DIGITALLY ENHANCED, nor were there any darkroom tricks used. Everything you see was done in the camera during the exposure. Each of these photographs was exposed for approximately 8 minutes. During that time, Troy walked through the image and popped flashes with theatrical gels held over the flash unit. You can't see him walking through the shots because of the long duration of the exposure. Troy says he would have to stand still for at least a minute before a ghostly transparent version of my body would appear.

Troy Paiva Bio

Troy Paiva
Troy Paiva

Troy Paiva is a freelance Designer / Illustrator working predominantly in the toy industry. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Until the beginning of 1999, he was a product designer at Galoob Toys. He worked there for the previous 13 years, designing the basic Micro Machines product line. For the last 5 years, he was the lead designer / art director of the civilian vehicles and playsets. He started out as a courier and art department gopher, began painting label art illustrations and graduated to the rest of the product design process. Before he knew it, he was doing concept sketches and blueprint drawings and eventually, managing the line.

About 12 years ago he picked up photography (thanks to his brother Tom) as a way of doing creative work without having to be accountable to anyone. Troy says it's a great way for him to just let the creative juices flow. He's been overwhelmed by the response to his Lost America Night Photography since posting it on the web. These photos seem to strike a powerful chord in the consciousness of industrialized societies all over the world. He gets long, rambling, poetic and beautiful dissertations on "The Death of America" and "The Folly of Modern Mankind" almost every day.

Troy says his life and work has been influenced by many different people. These include artists, (Hugh Ferriss, Roger Dean, Moebius, Robert Williams and Ed Roth) photographers, (Chip Simons, Willian Lesch, Jan Staller and Richard Misrach) musicians, (Frank Zappa, Bill Nelson, Andy Partridge and Stan Ridgway) architects and designers, (John Hench, Richard Neutra, Raymond Loewy and Eero Saarinen).

Troy says that Googie style architecture, Art Deco, Fins and Chrome, the Jetsons Aesthetic and life in the Atomic Age are icons that are important to him and his work. We hope you enjoy the exhibit!

You can contact Troy by sending email to cnvin@ybfgnzrevpn.pbz or by going through his web site Lost America.

Selection 1


Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 2

Lenwood Drive-In, Lenwood, CA
Lenwood Drive-In in Lenwood, CA
Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 3

drive-in theater screen
Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 4

drive-in movie screen
Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 5

West Side Drive-In, Sacramento, CA
West Side Drive-In in Sacramento, CA
Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 6

drive-in screen
Photo © Troy Paiva

Selection 7

Sage Crest Drive-In, Yerington, NV
Sage Crest Drive-In in Yerington, NV
Photo © Troy Paiva