BEN HOSTE | PHOTOGRAPHER
This is the weblog of Ben Hoste, a non-fiction photographer based in Brooklyn.
Bird nest in an abandoned home in Picher, OK. 

Bird nest in an abandoned home in Picher, OK. 

  • #Picher
  • #Oklahoma
  • #Fuji x100s
  • #Lead Mining
  • #Abandoned
  • #Lead
  • #Mining
  • #Contamination
  • 18th Mar 2014 / 2 notes
    Over a century of unrestricted subsurface lead and zinc mining literally undermined Picher, OK (along with Treece, KS), which has since become a ghost town. High levels of toxins have also contaminated the soil and water. 

    Over a century of unrestricted subsurface lead and zinc mining literally undermined Picher, OK (along with Treece, KS), which has since become a ghost town. High levels of toxins have also contaminated the soil and water. 

  • #Picher
  • #Oklahoma
  • #Treece
  • #Kansas
  • #Lead
  • #Mining
  • #Contamination
  • #Ghost Town
  • #Fuji x100s
  • 10th Mar 2014 / 4 notes
    Artist and musician Greer McGettrick in her apartment in the Mission. For some reason I only just now stumbled across this interview she did with Vice almost a year ago (which is a fun little read). 

    Artist and musician Greer McGettrick in her apartment in the Mission. For some reason I only just now stumbled across this interview she did with Vice almost a year ago (which is a fun little read). 

  • #San Francisco
  • #California
  • #Portrait
  • #Fuji x100s
  • 20th Feb 2014 / 3 notes
  • #Fuji x100s
  • #San Francisco
  • #California
  • 12th Feb 2014 / 4 notes
  • #Fuji x100s
  • #San Francisco
  • #Santa Barbara
  • #California
  • #Black & White
  • 11th Feb 2014 / 3 notes

    Various press passes circa 2008 to 2011.

  • #Canon 5D Mark II
  • #Los Angeles
  • #California
  • #The Hollywood Palladium
  • #The Glass House
  • #The Echo
  • #The Echoplex
  • #The Roxy
  • #The Key Club
  • #SXSW
  • #The Henry Fonda Theatre
  • #The El Rey
  • #The Viper Room
  • 21st Jan 2014 / 3 notes

    Various press passes circa 2008 to 2011.

  • #Canon 5D Mark II
  • #Los Angeles
  • #California
  • #Concert Photography
  • #Photo Pass
  • #Press Pass
  • #The XX
  • #Vampire Weekend
  • #Wilco
  • #Ben Harper
  • #The Henry Clay People
  • #Cold War Kids
  • #The Thermals
  • #Dan Deacon
  • #Tijuana Panthers
  • #The Like
  • #The Decemberists
  • #Arctic Monkeys
  • #Jimmy Eat World
  • #Silversun Pickups
  • #The Wiltern
  • #The Henry Fonda Theatre
  • #The Fox
  • #The Troubadour
  • #The Hollywood Palladium
  • #The Greek Theatre
  • #Club Nokia
  • #The Orpheum Theatre
  • 21st Jan 2014 / 12 notes
  • #Fuji x100s
  • #Brooklyn
  • #New York
  • #Cockapoo
  • 16th Jan 2014 / 4 notes
    SkyFuel is a Arvada, Colorado based energy company that designs and builds parabolic solar collectors for solar thermal power plants. Their troughs use polymer reflectors rather than glass mirrors, significantly decreasing the weight of the system (among other advantages).
Perhaps you remember learning about parabolas in high school algebra, this is how their technology generates thermal energy. An extremely thin and reflective material is affixed to a flexible sheet of aluminum that is curved into the shape of a parabola. Then the parabola is mounted on an axis that can rotate along with the movement of the sun. Sunlight is focused by the parabola onto a pipe (that sits at the parabola’s focus) heating up molten oil or salt that is pumped through the system. The molten material eventually reaches a steam turbine after moving through the system where the thermal energy is used to generate electricity. 
Pictured above is the backside of a trough at SkyFuel’s demo facility in Arvada, Colorado just outside of Boulder. 
My brother works at SkyFuel and gave me a tour of their demo facility when I passed through Colorado in December.  

    SkyFuel is a Arvada, Colorado based energy company that designs and builds parabolic solar collectors for solar thermal power plants. Their troughs use polymer reflectors rather than glass mirrors, significantly decreasing the weight of the system (among other advantages).

    Perhaps you remember learning about parabolas in high school algebra, this is how their technology generates thermal energy. An extremely thin and reflective material is affixed to a flexible sheet of aluminum that is curved into the shape of a parabola. Then the parabola is mounted on an axis that can rotate along with the movement of the sun. Sunlight is focused by the parabola onto a pipe (that sits at the parabola’s focus) heating up molten oil or salt that is pumped through the system. The molten material eventually reaches a steam turbine after moving through the system where the thermal energy is used to generate electricity. 

    Pictured above is the backside of a trough at SkyFuel’s demo facility in Arvada, Colorado just outside of Boulder. 

    My brother works at SkyFuel and gave me a tour of their demo facility when I passed through Colorado in December.  

  • #Fuji x100s
  • #Boulder
  • #Colorado
  • #SkyFuel
  • #Renewable Energy
  • #Solar Power
  • #Thermal Power
  • 15th Jan 2014

    SFO to JFK. New Years in New York.

  • #Fuji x100x
  • #San Francsico
  • #California
  • 15th Jan 2014 / 2 notes