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Your guess is as good as mine

Yes, well, I don’t have any idea what the hell all this means.

Colorado City, Texas
photographed 3.18.2018

It didn’t look that lucky

Some sort of a gameroom, holding down a corner. Evidently, they no longer provide a sweepstakes, as that’s been (sort of) edited out.

Actually, they no longer provide anything: it’s out of business. A man from the house next door came over to see if I was interested in purchasing the building. He looked very confused when I said that I just wanted to photograph the place. I get that a lot.

San Angelo, Texas
photographed 11.24.2018

Andy’s fiesta

Even though Andy’s claims to have just about anything you could need (Cocktails! Curios! Restaurant! Meeting Rooms! Drive-up Window!), I think the availability of all of those things is exaggerated. Which is, of course, my favorite thing about it.

Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Prairie Window

This old church is the main – some would say only – landmark in Taiban, New Mexico. It’s on the route between home and Albuquerque or Santa Fe, and I stop in nearly every time I’m through town. Last spring, the glassless windows were nice frames for a view of the prairie east of town.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

Modes of modern travel

The American Southwest is dotted with motels that didn’t make it. Travel patterns changed, towns not on the Interstate highway system got smaller, air travel became more affordable, people were in too much of a hurry to even consider an overnight stay in a place like Encino, New Mexico.

And, so, here, the Photography Gods blessed me with an illustration of how all those things impacted the Encino Motel, which could not be saved by new management and/or low rates.

Encino, New Mexico
photographed 3.23.2019

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