Thursday, October 15, 2009

Some snippets from the road

I took a road trip this past summer between Texas and California, and I'm still wading through countless hundreds of photos, analog and digital. I still have so many images to share, and I don't know if I'll ever catch up!

Here are a few that I have scanned, from the insanely beautiful--in a decrepit retro way--town of Tucumcari, New Mexico. I spent the night there in a fabulously restored Route 66 Motel built in 1959, called Motel Safari:

Motel Safari (2009)
Camera: Polaroid SX-70
Film: Polaroid Artistic TZ

I highly recommend this comfortable blast from the past if you need a clean and cool spot to sleep in Tucumcari. It's been totally restored, with the original retro furniture, but with brand-new Sealy Posturpedic mattress, flat screen TVs, in-room coffee, and free wifi!

Not all of Tucucmcari is in such great shape, however. The town is full of decaying places that seem to be barely holding on, as well as full-on abandoned shells.

Home of Quality Food Drive-Inn (2009)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

The Buckaroo Motel (2009)
Camera: Holgaroid
Film: Polaroid 89 *expired*

I have many more photos of Tucucmcari to share--hopefully soon! To close this post, here is a photo I am particularly excited about, in part because it's a handheld night shot that came out very clear, and in part because it was selected as a winner in this contest! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to Las Vegas to redeem my prize, but I am still honored!

The Blue Swallow Motel (2009)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Signed prints are in my Etsy shop!

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