It’s been a busy few months. I returned home on December 31, 2015 from a 17 day road trip across the United States (Link here). The trip started with a flight from Orange County, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I picked up my car and started the 3,500 mile drive across the United States. First stop was in Georgia to photograph an auto junkyard full of old and rusting cars to add to my car image collection of old and abandoned cars (Junk Yard Cars). From there I started my Back Roads journey to El Paso, Texas where I finally started driving home on the Interstate system. My route took me through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico - all on mostly small two lanes roads. The high point of the trip - weather-wise, was getting stuck in Artesia, New Mexico for three days due to the “Great Blizzard” of 2015. Check out some of the snow images here - three feet of snow on my car in one day and one night. And then to cap it all off, I hit a curb and blew out a tire. I had to drive 200 miles to El Paso to get a replacement. All-in-all though, a great trip with some wonderful experiences.
Next up was a trip to Las Vegas to photograph at the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is a repository for many of the famous neon signs that appeared around the city. The museum's goal is to rescue old signs destined for the junk yard and restore them for all to see. Here's the link.
After returning from Las Vegas, I had approximately two weeks to get ready for my next trip - to Bergen, Norway - Helsinki, Finland, and then across the Baltic to Estonia and Latvia. One goal was to photograph the northern lights in Tromso, Norway. Unfortunately, the ferry that was to take me up the coast of Norway had mechanical problems and the trip was canceled by the ship company. So, off I went to Helsinki to see some friends, and then a quick (approximately two hour) trip from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. I must admit that Estonia was the high point of the entire trip. If you haven't been there, you must put it on your bucket list. Included was a day trip to Latvia to add another country to my list of countries visited.
Three weeks after returning from Estonia, I was off the Marfa, Texas to participate in an Artist in Residence program in the town known as the home of the Chinati Foundation - a foundation primarily dedicated to the art of Donald Judd, John Chamberlain and Don Flavin. (My thanks to Mona and the IWF for being such a wonderful host.) Using Marfa as my base of operations, I had the opportunity to visit a number of small west Texas towns including Valentine, Presidio, Fort Davis, Alpine, Marathon and Terlingua - home of the world famous Chili Cook-off Contest. I've started posting images here. Oh, and I had another flat.
As for the rest of the year, other than more road trips to continue working on my Back Roads of America project, I'm not quite sure where my next international trip will be. The primary requirements are 1 - I haven't been there before, and 2 - The places I go should be outside the major metropolitan centers - maybe places like the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, Easter Island, Bolivia and maybe Ethiopia. Something different.
That's it for now. I hope you enjoy my photos. And if you ever need any assistance with your photography, or suggestions for places to go, please do not hesitate to contact me.