The Art > Just Passing Thru

Frontier Drive-In - Ansel, CO
Fujichrome Velvia
2015
Grain Elevator - Ardell, KS
Fujichrome Velvia
2017
Pure Joy - Marfa, TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2016
Cold Ale - Calvert, TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2016
Marfa Distilleries - Marfa,TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2016
Stay Happy - Taiban, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2016
The Road to Ruin - Logan, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2017
ALCO - Tucumcari, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2017
Post 2528 - Tucumcari, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2017
Circus - Joshua Tree, CA
Fujichrome Velvia
2016
Flying Silo - Conejos, CO
Fujichrome Velvia
2015
Post Office - Alcova, WY
Fujichrome Velvia
2014
Abby's Gasmart - Holbrook, AZ
Fujichrome Velvia
2010
Church - Cuchillo, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2009
Natchez - New Orleans, LA
Fujichrome Velvia
2015
Prada - Valentine, TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2017
Jo-Jo's - Marathon, FL
Fujichrome Velvia
2014
Tire(s)? - Las Vegas, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2011
Treehouse - Seveirville, TN
Fujichrome Velvia
2008
Steak. - Pecos, TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2014
Harley - Lowell, AZ
Fujichrome Velvia
2015
Building America - Helper, UT
Fujichrome Velvia
2014
Embudo Station - Embudo, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2009
Motel 66 - Holbrook, AZ
Fujichrome Velvia
2011
Bill's Truck - Madrid, NM
Fujichrome Velvia
2008
Barber Shop - Vernon, TX
Fujichrome Velvia
2013

Artist Statement ‘Just Passing Thru’

My father was a wandering spirit. I grew up enthralled by his stories of gallivanting around the country living out of a converted bread truck in the 1970’s. ‘Just Passing Thru’ captures remnants of an American culture that is fading away. As this culture is swallowed by the modern world, these images serve as windows into the past. I see these places for what they were. I imagine lives and families, which have come and gone. I see my father.

I’ve taken it upon myself to create this archive of Americana, iconic scenes capturing images of a simpler time. In their loneliness and abandonment I find a solemn beauty. I strive to capture this quietness through minimalism.

The photographs in ‘Just Passing Thru’ are deceptive. Initially you are welcomed in by vibrant color and familiar imagery. Looking closer reveals a melancholy solitude. I am drawn to these images because of their mystery. I am fascinated by the untold stories of these forgotten places. I have not included portraits in this series. The work is about those who might have been there, not who still remains. There are also humorous and optimistic elements to the work, offsetting the often-overbearing weight of history.

‘Just Passing Thru’ confronts the inevitable passing of time, and the losses we all suffer as humans. When all else is lost, photographs remain, leaving us nostalgic, bittersweet as it may be.