February 26, 2014

The awesome and terrifying beauty of the gas patch. My latest for High Country News. 

Photos by Jonathan Thompson/gin+gelato

February 26, 2014
The sublime and terrifying beauty of the gas patch.

Contrails feather out across the hard-blue February sky, and the unforgiving light of mid-morning  accentuates the bright reds, oranges, and synthetic blues of the fake flowers at the foot of scattered headstones, mostly engraved with Hispanic names. A Virgen de Guadalupe statue, hands clasped together, miniature rosary and cross hanging from her neck, stares down at the dirt, sun-cracked and blemished by not one blade of grass or weed or leaf, as though this cemetery is both meticulously cared for and utterly ignored, all at once. A constant high roar, or perhaps a hiss, drowns out the sound of my camera’s shutter click, as I’m careful not only to get the shrine in the frame, but also the condenser towers, like giant robot phalli, looming frighteningly close.

Read on… 

October 28, 2013
And the dead lay where they fell, all orange and oblong and smeared with the dirt of the field.

And the dead lay where they fell, all orange and oblong and smeared with the dirt of the field.

October 28, 2013
Creepy corn and a cottonwood. Near Aztec, NM, Oct. 2013.

Creepy corn and a cottonwood. Near Aztec, NM, Oct. 2013.

October 10, 2013
"Museum." Yeso, NM. 2012. 
Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

"Museum." Yeso, NM. 2012.

Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

September 27, 2013
Fog. Route 66. Gallup, NM. 
Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

Fog. Route 66. Gallup, NM.

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September 24, 2013
Tree and parking lot. Gallup, NM. 
Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

Tree and parking lot. Gallup, NM.

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September 24, 2013
Hotel and puddles in the empty parking lot. Gallup, NM. 
Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

Hotel and puddles in the empty parking lot. Gallup, NM.

Photo: gin+gelato/Jonathan Thompson

December 14, 2012
Tucumcari, NM, Dec. 2012.
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Tucumcari, NM, Dec. 2012.

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December 10, 2012
Museum, Yeso, New Mexico.
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Museum, Yeso, New Mexico.

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