Triads are good compositional elements, a rule I willfully ignored when making this photo of some sprinkler valves on the campus of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Rules are made to be broken, right?
Also, it didn’t seem right to ask someone to remove one of the valves. For one thing, I don’t know which one I would have wanted out of the picture (literally).
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Maybe one of the most iconic photos of all is Ansel Adams’s Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, which was shot from the edge of the road one evening in 1941.
I stood at very nearly the same spot and saw this instead of a moonrise over a simple church and a small graveyard. In fact, from where that famous photo was shot, it’s nearly impossible to see the church and graveyard any more.
I do like the variety of items that were available at this little gas station (now out of business). Pop and cigs AND septic tank service? All in one spot? That’s pretty good selection.
Hernandez, New Mexico
Of course you are aware that I have a bit of a thing about abandoned buildings, so it won’t surprise you to know that I pulled off the road for a few shots of this place.
This is just north of the thriving community of Cline’s Corners, New Mexico, which is famous for thousands of billboards letting travelers on the interstate know how fabulous Cline’s Corners is. (The only thing, to my knowledge, that is in Cline’s Corners is a 30,000 square foot “retail center” which sells the usual roadside-store stuff.)
The building I photographed used to be a roadside store, too, but wasn’t able to benefit from interstate traffic or billboards or tourists. But here’s the important difference: I didn’t make any photographs at Cline’s Corners.
somewhere along highway US 285