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Things held sacred

You other photographers know exactly how this works: you’re driving along and see something (let’s say a wooden cross mounted on a fence in front of an abandoned house, to pick something at random), and you drive right by. Then, maybe a mile or two down the road,  you start to think that maybe you should have stopped to photograph  it. But you drive on for maybe another mile before you convince yourself that you need to get that shot. And then it takes a minute or two to get to a place where you can turn around, and then maybe you have to drive past it a little ways to find a place to make that second turn-around. And then, there you are. With the cross, just like you spotted it from the car, nicely framed between two different-height fence posts.

Just a normal-ish drive, right?

Ward County, Texas
photographed 7.15.2018

We came for the view

Yes, it was the view that drew us here. And that BBQ grill was just an added bonus. (Also, how about what’s left of the window screen, flapping in the breeze. It’s flapping like that because there’s not any glass in the window. Can you believe how fancy all this stuff is?)

Yellowhouse Canyon, Texas
photographed 7.8.2018

Gradual Destruction

I’ve been trying for a long time to get THE shot of the interior of this hut, and I’m not necessarily saying this is the one I’ve been trying for, but I am pretty sure it’s better than this or this or this or this.

Yellowhouse Canyon, Texas
photographed 7.8.2018

Faith can have many layers

The weathered wood, glass-free windows, sunlight on the floor, the distant mesa, all layered up.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

Tire and jet at abandoned church

Me (speaking in general terms about this place, which has been photographed a billion times): It’ll be a big service to the photographic world when that place finally falls down.

Me (approaching Taiban, New Mexico, on a recent trip): We HAVE to stop. I need to take some pictures.

Lesson: I cannot be trusted.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

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