Monthly Archives: May 2014

To mark the decline


In the parts of the country where I do most of my shooting, plywood and chipboard are very popular building materials. Unfortunately for the towns and the people who are still trying to live there.

It’s hard to imagine that a structure completely boarded up will ever make a return. And if that’s the case, these boards have marked a lot of decline.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.10.2014

An open mouth


That shadow makes me think of a big, open mouth. That’s just me, isn’t it?

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.10.2014

That wall


That wall.

It has a lot of things to like. The graffiti-control efforts that are just about intrusive as the graffiti was. The OUT left over from some kind of warning. The angle of demolition. The stripes from the poles and wires. I really liked that wall.

(See that black container? Those are the municipal garbage bins. They are round, and not very heavy. And also, the wind flings them all over the place. Just in case you wondered.)

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.10.2014



This old place has a lot going for it – weather wood siding, some elm trees, and a red-brick cistern.

Dexter, New Mexico
photographed 5.10.2014

Two poles


On my way to Roswell, I took a back road where there was almost no traffic; in Texas the speed limit was 75 mph, but when the road crossed into New Mexico, it dropped to 55 mph. That felt really slow, kind of like I’d never get where I was going.

But it also meant that I was able to see this and stop in time, without the usual pair of U-turns to get back to it.

Later, when I was back on the road, a pickup passed me, going so fast he would have been breaking the speed limit in Texas. I sped up, too. Except for these two poles, the rest were a blur.

Chaves County, New Mexico
photographed 5.9.2014

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