many Americans, I’ve long had an infatuation with the mystery and
freedom of the open road; the insatiable desire to simply get in your
car, head out on the highway, and drive…to see what you can
see, to embark on an adventure that takes you to places you’ve never
been and didn’t even know existed. In this vein, Route 66, the mythical
“Mother Road”, has long held a particular fascination for me, with
its unique roadside attractions, the art-deco & googie style architecture
of her buildings, and stretches of unparalleled scenic beauty.
It was with this spirit in mind that I set out on a three-day adventure
to drive and photograph the stretch of Route 66 between Oklahoma City
and New Mexico. Of course, since I specialize primarily in night photography,
almost all of the images from this three part series were taken after
dark, and I hope that you find, as I do, that these old decaying roadside
spots take on a new, special beauty when captured by moonlight.
| The classic
sign of the Midpoint Café in Adrian
Texas, so-named because of it’s location exactly midway between
Chicago and Los Angeles; 1139 miles either way!
|Inside the Midpoint
Café in Adrian Texas.
The diner was closed at the time, but as I was shooting the sign outside
the owner pulled up and invited me in to have a look around. I was
supremely disappointed they were closed; this just looks like a place
where you know you’ll get great food and service!
| As the sun set
on another day, I pulled over along the old road between Glenrio
and San Jon to photograph this section of original road surface, near
Mexico. Much of the going on this 18 mile stretch of the old road
is now simply a dirt road, but there are still a couple sections like
this one left to enjoy.