I have passed through this area of Northern Arizona known as Grey Mountain many times for work. This trip was different. I had my new to me Mamiya 23 Standard 6×9 medium format camera with me and a fresh roll of Kodak Portra 400. The abandoned Whiting Hotel has recently had a colorful facelift from the locals of the area. What better location could I find?

I like to keep things simple. All of my photos are at f/5.6 at 1/500. Being a rangefinder and not certain how accurate, I focused at infinity for everything. I spent over an hour at this location just looking at the open rooms, the tasteful mural artwork, and laughing at some of the not-so-tasteful artwork inside the rooms. I was also fortunate enough to have an older gas station, also closed down, and another closed Motel close by, The Anasazi Inn.

These are all within the same area. The sky was clear and the Arizona sun was bright and persistent this day. I felt good about the photos I had taken.

I let the roll sit in my bag for a few days before developing at home. And then it hung for almost a week before I scanned. Light leaks aside on a few of the frames, I was quite pleased with how they came out. I’m sure I will be shooting more with this setup in the near future.

~ Garry

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Garry Cahal

Working-class Joe, photographing as much of Arizona as I can. I do it for the adventure.


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  1. What a find of a place, Garry, and great results. I don’t think I had ever seen shots from the Mamiya 23, and I loved yours.