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What leaving looks like

If you go to Valentine, Texas, and think the church will be unlocked and then discover it’s not, this is what you’ll see as you leave, trying not to be too disappointed.

Valentine, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

Grotto

On my only other visit to Shafter, the church door was unlocked and I was able to get some photos inside. I didn’t realize how much I was looking forward to shooting inside there again, in muted light this time, until I discovered the door I’d gone in before was locked. And so were all the others. It was a disappointment.

But at least I got to see this, on the back of the church.

Shafter, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

The hierarchy is posted

In terms of relative sizes of photos/crucifixes, you can see who’s most important here.

St. Mary Catholic Church
Marathon, Texas
photographed 12.24.2018

Church Reflections

The town’s hermit monk walked down the hill from the highway and waited patiently (which I guess is something hermit monks are good at) while I got this shot. Then we had a chat. As you do with hermit monks, I guess.

Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

The problem with iconic places

I’ve said it before, and I stick with it: the problem with visiting iconic locations is getting a shot that’s not been made a million times before. The clouds are just about the only thing that sets this apart from everything else that looks just like it.

But, still, it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a sacred location and felt the need to document it…

El Santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 12.24.2015

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