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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


There’s a chimney around back that’s painted up like a tequila bottle. Just in case you were wondering…

an out-of-business restaurant
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 2.10.2019

We were all left hanging

The place was there. And then it was gone. And we were all left hanging.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.25.2017


Yes, there I was, looking through another dusty window of another out-of-business restaurant.

How did that get to be a thing?

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 4.11.2017

Not even new releases could save it

It seems so archaic, thinking back on our old Friday night ritual of going to Blockbuster to try to find a movie to rent. One we’d both agree on. One we hadn’t already seen. One that was still on the shelf.

So it came down to this.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.31.2017

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