The project was inspired by my friend Glenn Taylor's images from a trip he took last year. Thank you Glenn for the inspiration.
Here are a few of my favorite Glenn Taylor images from his trip - along with a little write-up.
In February 2012 I went on a photographic journey along Route 66 from Albuquerque to Las Vegas along with Rob Knight and several other of my Atlanta-based photo friends. Rob and Keith Mendel got the basic plan together, we set dates that worked with everyone's schedules and flew out to meet up in Albuquerque.
We spent the first night at the Monterey Motel, a classic Route 66 style roadside motel and they suggested we have breakfast in Old Town, a few blocks away. The breakfast was delicious and we explored the area afterward on foot. Most of it was little shops and restaurants, but we really enjoyed shooting the San felipe de Neri Church right off the square. It was beautiful with the morning light streaming over it and the interior had some interesting statues and textures.
We then hit the road headed toward Holbrook, AZ. Along the way we stopped whenever we saw something interesting. Old bridges from the heyday of the highway’s glory to both handmade and official Route 66 symbols. Later in the day we came across the remains of the Bluewater Motel.
Fast forward . . . The sun was starting to set as we pulled out of the park and we were close to Holbrook and the Wigwam Motel. We made the choice to push on and try to get there before the light was gone and get some photos. We got there just in time to capture some beautiful warm light on these classic cars and unusal little wigwam rooms. We made the decision to come out before dawn the next morning and get some HDR images of this unique location.
Fast forward . . . We stopped in Winslow, AZ. You may recognize it from the famous Eagles' song. The corner is there in Winslow at the main intersection in town. It’s a sight not to be missed.We pushed on toward Flagstaff for lunch making a few stops along the way for abandoned buildings and old roadsigns until we came to Two Guns. There is a lot of history here dating back to the native Americans and on through to Route 66 when it was a tourist stop with a zoo containing mountain lions. Nothing is left now but the old stone structures but they make for some great images.
Fast forward . . . We stopped in Williams, AZ to Seligman, AZ. There we met and spent some time with Angel Delgadillio. His barber shop and his late brother’s roadside stand are not to be missed. They were both instrumental in keeping Route 66 and its history alive, especially in Arizona. You could not meet a nicer person than Angel. If you go make sure you buy a shirt or hat and have him sign it for you. It was the only souvenir I purchased on the entire trip.
Our next stop was Hackberry, AZ for sunset. Hackberry has a little roadside store and grounds containing a wealth of old cars, gas pumps, signs and general Route 66 goodness. We shot details shots while we waited for the sun to drop, shot the sunset until dark and then headed to nearby Kingman, AZ for the night.
Fast forward . . . We arrived in Las Vegas to shoot sunset and have an end-of-the-trip dinner at a hip steak place that Rob likes to frequent. A great meal with good friends topped off the end of our journey. It was a quick four days, but we packed in a lot of shooting and some long-lasting memories of the Mother Road.
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Thank you Glenn for a super post!
Glenn and I will be leading the Atlanta Digital Photo Experience Event next year. Hope you can join the photo fun. Info on my 2014 Workshops page.
Explore the light,
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