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The car graveyard at Dead Man's Lookout

Five hundred feet below a hairpin turn on the Mullholland Highway in the hills above Los Angeles, there's a car graveyard.

It took Los Angeles photographer Jason Knight three exploratory trips before he found the vehicular victims at Dead Man's Lookout.

The rusted hulks of cars that fell from the highway decades ago litter the floor of Laurel Canyon. Some of them are just a five-minute hike from the road on this stretch of Mulholland Highway, nicknamed "The Snake":

Knight is interested in photographing objects that have fallen into disrepair and decay. With Dead Man's Curve, he wanted to capture the way nature had laid claim to the vehicles.

"It kind of reminds me of a skeleton that is returning back to earth," Knight said.

He used slide film and cross-processed it as regular film to increase the saturation of the photographs and capture the hues of the emerging plants.

The curve has since been reinforced with a guardrail and embankment. Most of the vehicles date back to an era of huge, hulking steel cars.

But if you go up there today, the curve still requires you to slow down to about 20 miles per hour.

The curves still attract a lot of motorcyclists looking for a challenge. Here's a compilation of spills on Mulholland Highway in slow-mo rewind:

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