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new forest, eventually, maybe

It’s going to take a minute or so, but maybe one day these little sprouts will turn into a forest…

Nambé, New Mexico
photographed 9.1.2019

i will never understand what’s left behind

I have looked inside a lot of abandoned places, and have photographed all of them. And I do not – and likely never will – understand why some things get left behind.

Did they intend to come back and get the rest of their things? Or did they just say fuck it and walk away from failure, hoping that maybe on another day in another town, they’d get a new coffee cup? Or whatever.

Puerto de Luna, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2018

upon layer

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
photographed 5.23.2021

that welcome seems a bit worn out

Well, sure, the sign DOES say “welcome.” But there isn’t really anything else around to support that, is there?

Irony, I guess.

Roswell, New Mexico
photographed 5.22.2021

no one every really leaves

The road wasn’t paved all the way to this remote, windswept place.  That was, of course, part of the charm. And part of the adventure of the day.

Quay County, New Mexico
photographed 6.5.2021

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