Landscape Photography, Photography, The Family Circle, Travelogue, VW

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My old VW bus on the beach at Williams Fork Reservoir in Colorado.

This is not a van. This is a bus. A Volkswagen bus with a Westfalia camper conversion. “The Pig” was there when Penny was born. Maizy and I took her camping in it when she was 2 months old. From that point on we toured as much of the Rocky Mountains as we could before the engine finally blew up. We beat up this already beaten bus. We rode it hard and conquered some of the highest mountain passes in the United States. I took her to 14,000 feet at Mt. Evans and got some epic pictures for my refrigerator in the process. This bus even made a Go Westy calendar a few years ago. I never did get a copy of that calendar.

We loved this bus. When the engine blew and we made the decision to give it up a little piece of me died with it. It was an impulse decision and a bad purchase all the way around. I paid too much. It was too rusty. It had very little in the way of heat. I once drove it in a blizzard with bald tires. We passed several cars and trucks that were overturned or stuck in ditches along I-70, barely able to see, hands freezing, inching forward ever so slowly. I think our top speed was 14 miles per hour on that stretch.

There was just something about this bus. We have a “new” 1982 Vanagon Westfalia now. Everything that was wrong with the pig is what is right with the new van. We plan to travel the country as slowly as possible in it. It has a stove and a sink, it has two beds, it will have a good heating system. We just have to keep it running which may or may not be a challenge. It’s all a part of the adventure now.

The laptop is in the shop and the iMac has a full hard drive. So I had to dig into the archives until I get my ThinkPad back. I took this photo about 3 years ago with an old Nikon DSLR that I borrowed from my oldest son. It was the first DSLR I ever used.

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The Open Air Asylum

Denver

Denver’s 16th Street Mall features an eclectic mix of well-to-do shoppers, posh boutiques and homeless men, women and children.

the 16th Street Mall
an open air asylum
for all walks of life

Someday I will leave Denver. Until that day I will keep my camera on my person whenever I walk about its streets. I have recorded the lives of thousands of strangers in this city over the past three years. I silently observed and I learned a lot. Now I am curious to know the stories of the people I capture with my lens. This is still my struggle. The challenge of breaking the ice with strangers and getting to know them on a deeper level. I didn’t imagine it would happen over night, and I didn’t think it would be this hard.

In my efforts I have found that it comes to you if you open yourself up to it. I have spent time talking to more people. Mostly the ones who approach me first, but I have made decent headway in opening up the conversation. I enjoy the anonymity and quiet self reflection of capturing images as inconspicuously as possible, but I find myself wanting to know more when I stare back into the eyes of the human beings I photograph.

I guess it’s a natural progression. I hope so at least. Thanks for listening. I just wanted to get that out.

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Doors

Spray painted bonsai
The graffiti on the door
Street art of Denver

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Urban Landscape

Rental Car Shadow

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My family and I traveled south on the I-25 highway from Denver, CO to Albuquerque, NM. I contemplated the shadow of our rental car along the way.

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reminders of self – in the absence of the light – the world zooming by (a haiku)

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the old steel swing set-similar lives being lived-different location

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wooden privacy-artistic death depiction-illumination

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anywhere you are-there is street art to be found-in the USA

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the open spaces-beauty of simplicity-a calming effect

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The Urban Landscape of Albuquerque, New Mexico

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A colorful street sign signifies my presence at Marquette Street in downtown Albuquerque.

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Commuters in downtown Albuquerque wait for the Rapid Ride.

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Observing pattern, repetition, color, light and lines. All that from a brick wall and a telephone pole.

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This 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia is what drew us out to New Mexico in the first place. It was a decent enough specimen except for the really bad exhaust leak. The voices told us no this time. Our quest continues.

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Shingles, pigeons and bushes are just a few of the interesting aspects of Raks Building Supply.

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While my daughter and girlfriend were playing at a local park I wandered down a dead end road. It was unpaved and lined with several modest and unique homes.

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Portrait of a home in Albuquerque.

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A school bus and a minivan decorate the yard of this home.

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Desert plant life is abundant throughout the area.

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Albuquerque is filled with art.

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The colors of Old Town Albuquerque.

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Seen at a rest stop on 1-25 South.

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Sunflowers and modern power.

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Old Town ABQ

My family and I have been traveling across the United States in search of a van that will be used to travel across the United States. We will be leaving within the next 9 months. The bus we found on this trip was not the right fit for us, but the trip wasn’t all for naught. I got the opportunity to explore Albuquerque with my K-5.

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Tailgaters

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inane distraction
a weekly celebration
a dangerous game

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Doors

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Stairway to nowhere
Invitation to enter
A rare glimpse indeed

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