July 14, 2012

Photo Essay: Ventura Oil Refinery, Abandoned - Part 2

To be honest, one of the main reasons I wanted to drive up to Ojai at all was to visit the abandoned oil refinery that I knew was just off the highway on the way there.

When I got to it, I could hear machines grinding. I saw clearly operational vehicles parked there. I witnessed the yellow caution tape. But despite it not appearing quite as abandoned as I wanted it to be, I decided to saunter around anyway.

That's why it was no surprise when I got caught and asked to leave.

Small point-and-shoot camera in hand, and not a spray paint can in sight, I was relatively harmless. Still, I made the best of the time I was given, and then high-tailed it out of there.

Here's the bulk of what I got in those last five minutes:

See Also:
Photo Essay: Ventura Oil Refinery, Abandoned - Part 1

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  1. great place for shooting some music video

  2. I found this site via a JTNP fire retweet. These photos are really great. I love the look and feel of industrial sites that have been abandoned...or built and not yet occupied. I am currently working on a short film project, some scenes have already been shot in abandoned cabins north of the Indian Cove section of the park...others will be set in locations much like here...good work...thanks for the retweet.