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Shorthand Images

It’s easy to tell that I was in the American Southwest – the iconic skull and dried-chile wreath gave it away.

Marathon, Texas
photographed 12.24.2018

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

No ladder, no problem

See? You probably don’t even NEED a ladder for most things. A chair will work just fine.

Shafter, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

Small offerings: what now my love

This building’s roof was caved in, and the inside of the place was piled with roof rubble and other junk. A series of small offerings had been lined up on the window ledge (that’s a cookbook, open to a recipe for something called Crème Moka.)

And on the ground? Oh, that’s Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s record “What Now My Love”, a big hit (#1 on the Billboard Album chart for nine weeks!) in 1966. My friend Gerald, a former professional trumpet player, once described Mr. Alpert as a “hack” trumpet player. As far as I know, Gerald was not the person who left that record there on the sidewalk….

Grandfalls, Texas
photographed 12.25.2018

Constant flow of visitors

This place has been photographed approximately infinity number of times*, and there’s nothing I feel I can add by taking/posting photos of the front of it.

But I did go around back (which you already know) and got a few shots of visitors. You’d have to work hard to find a spot that’s more remote that this, but there was still a steady flow of visitors. Most of them stayed in front, though, which I was happy about.

Prada Marfa
Valentine, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

*Go ahead. Google “Prada Marfa images.” I’ll wait.

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