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The local amusement park shut down this year, after 50 years of operation. I decided to go look at it the other morning; the cold rain made it seem even more forlorn that it already was.

Some of the rides are being shipped to other parks, but I guess the stuff that remains is headed toward being a big pile of bent metal.

Sad update: the owner of Joyland, David Dean passed away yesterday. His wife said, “I truly believe that the sale of Joyland falling through broke his heart.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 5.13.2023


I’ve photographed this roadside memorial before, but not with heavy snow falling on the crosses which commemorate the deaths of two people. I’m not used to snow or to photographing it (after all, I do live in Texas) but the symbolism of it – of life and death, of purification, of transformation – has not escaped my attention. And it did not escape my camera.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.24.2023

the day the angel got cold feet

This statue, at the cemetery, is one of my frequent subjects.  You may remember it from an intentional camera movement experiment a half-year ago. Or maybe you recall the time I photographed her sky-facing face?

Anyway, that day it snowed, I went back to see her again and this time her icy toes caught my eye.

City of Lubbock Cemetery
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.24.2023

ice + snow

Maybe you remember yesterday’s post, where I mentioned shooting some concept photos to illustrate the theme “cold” because it wasn’t actually cold here during the time I needed to shoot the images for the assignment.

One of the themes I attempted was shooting images of ice machines.  And I have to say that getting an ice machine photo that included snowflakes was a lot stronger way to illustrate the theme than the crap I’d been working on. FYI.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.24.2023

18: mary, lubbock

28 Faces, day 18

…success in photography, portraits especially, is dependent on being able to grasp those supreme instants which pass within the ticking of a clock, never to be duplicated…
-Edward Weston

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.2.2023

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