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Someone carefully tends to this roadside memorial: a sadder task is hard to imagine.

Clovis, New Mexico
photographed 6.6.2021

Hope, lost

I always think I’m through photographing these roadside memorials. But then I see one like this and I know I’m not really done.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 5.16.2021

Sinuous and Tragic

It makes me sad to think that someone’s life ended here, under the vast and beautiful New Mexican sky and along the gently curving highway.

I always think I am through photographing these roadside memorials, but I never really am.

near Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Old School

I got my start in the photography world a while back, spending a decade photographing roadside memorials (usually crosses) along highways. I still watch for the memorials, but rarely stop to photograph them.

This one, though, needed to be photographed.

My photographer pal and I met up in New Mexico last month – we had less than 24 hours to shoot before he headed off to take a class at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, so we were busy. We were drawn the tiny town of Puerto de Luna, visiting it two times during our very brief adventure. On our one New Mexico morning, we were on a bridge over the Pecos River and saw this cross down below, just above the water. And it seemed to need us to look at it from a more intimate distance.

The top of the cross’s arm is engraved with “Old School” but we will never know why. Such is the mysterious way of roadside memorials – they are at one intensely personal and completely mysterious.

Puerto de Luna, New Mexico
photographed 3.25.2018

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