Elk's Lodge, 2007
Color photograph, darkroom printed by the artist., Dimensions Variable
From the Lost Highway, 2007 series.
In the summer of 2007, I rented a red Mustang convertible in Albuquerque, New Mexico and headed north to desert country, lured by the call of the open road. Along the way, I stopped to photograph sacred sites and random roadside curiosities that veered into view. A road trip like this is an honorable American tradition, celebrated in Beat novels, rock anthems and coming-of-age movies. For American photographers as well, from William Eggleston to Stephen Shore, this is hallowed ground. Perhaps that's why, what started out as a personal odyssey came to feel like a rite of passage.
I set off in search of a mythical place—the archetypal landscape of the vanishing American West. What I found were stark remains of desolation and grace that for all their delapidation, still resonate in the archives of our memories and hopes.