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Eerie Photographs Explore Tent Fumigation in San Diego Homes

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

I was looking for uniqueness; homes near a street light, near a lit stadium, or perched on a hill or beneath one—something that made it different. I illuminated some homes with a high power flashlight placed directly above the lens.—Robert Benson

Tent fumigation is the process of covering a house with a nylon tent to remove pests, typically termites. Once the house is tented and sealed, gas is pumped into the interior, eradicating the pests without spreading the gas to others. The oddity of these circus tent-like structures appealed to California-based photographer Robert Benson, who scoured the streets of San Diego at night to create his series Tented Homes.

Finding the homes by chance was a challenge, so Benson contacted pesticide companies throughout the city. After assuring them he wasn’t a thief, he received some help from two termite companies. He was given locations daily, taking a look at Google Street View before making the trek, and even accompanied workers a couple of times as they made tenting preparations. Benson photographed more than 35 homes and buildings throughout San Diego.

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

Robert-Benson tented homes photography

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  • http://www.fabiano-silva.com Fabiano Silva

    Int he forth picture, is it Potassium Permaganate he is holding?

  • http://nathanpetty.com Nathan

    Super unique. Love this.

  • Lyonel Baum

    The pesticide tent in “Hazard Pay” [ Breaking Bad S05E03 ] looks very similar to the tarp in “Post Modern Prometheus,” an episode of The X-Files. The pesticide tent figured heavily into both episodes.