Graffiti, Trains, and a Derelict Military Installation

The Savanna Army Depot—about seven miles north of Savanna, Ill. on the Mississippi River—is one of my favorite spots to go shoot. It’s covers roughly 20 square miles along the river’s shore and has been closed since 2000. It is now a mix of private businesses and residences alongside dilapidated structures and fenced-off areas. In fact, an old office building I had shot just a few years ago had been razed since my previous visit last fall. There is definitely a time machine-vibe, right down to how the place smells.

I’ve been on a jag of shooting graffiti-laden boxcars lately, and happened upon a few at the army depot this past Sunday while driving around in the rain with my very-patient (and lovely) wife.