Friday, February 27, 2009

Dreaming of a Road Trip after viewing Stephen Shore's "A Road Trip Journal"

July 15, 1973
Mileage: 3370
Breakfast: H&H El Centro Café, Itadoka, SD (cereal)
Lunch: Taylor’s Restaurant, Rapid City, SD (turkey)
Dinner: The Sioux Café, Newcastle, WY (BLT)
Night At: Fountain Motel, Newcastle, WY
TV: Columbo
No Post Cards Distributed

2 Exposures Made: Custer, SD, off U.S. 16

July 18, 1973

August 8, 1973

and what's a road trip without a bad motel (Shore's Cabin #8, Beach Motel, Ashland, Wisconsin, July 9, 1973)?

One of the reasons I am so drawn to Stephen Shore's color photographs is that they were taken about the same time I was born. I like to see the world that was around me as an infant but have no recollection of. Secondly, so many of them are photographs of places that have significant meaning to me (Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, etc.). Thirdly, he and Eggleston remain two of the best photographers of this genre and this era. He makes me question what type of a 'road trip journal' I should be making of our trip but it will be difficult when I want all the postcards I find to resemble those purchased in 1973.

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