Back when I thought I was going to be a poet, I submitted some poems for a critique. One of the poems was titled “Deserts Always Win” – I’d written it after a drive through the deserts around Victorville, California, where I saw lots and lots of remnants of things that hadn’t worked out – homes, businesses, dreams. And – unlike places with heavy vegetation – plants didn’t grown up over the left-overs, so the defeat was always in clear view of anyone who bothered to look. Apparently, the person who critiqued my work had not ever been to a desert; they took very strong exception to my title and to the premise of the poem.
I’m not saying that unfavorable critique led directly to my becoming a photography. I am also not saying that it didn’t play a part…
Anyway, here’s a hulking ruin in eastern New Mexico; it appears to my photographic eye that once again, the desert was victorious. (Poetic me still stands by that, too.)
Chaves County, New Mexico
Posted on April 28, 2022, in Photography and tagged 365 photo project, abandoned buildings, black and white photography, learning to see, Leica, melinda green harvey, monochrome, new mexico, one day one image, photo a day, photography, postaday, reasons to stop, road trip, take time to look, things i see, thoughtful seeing, travel photography. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
I think I would have liked your poem!