august ninth

These are some shots taken with my dear little Balda Juwella on this trip to see my mom. Photos from the this camera always seem like they are from the era that the camera was created (1933). I really enjoy seeing what I get. I think these shots feel like they are from an alien planet or out of a dream or maybe an old wild west film. What do you think?

Somewhere in the middle of Nevada | May 6 & 7, 2011

Balda Juwella | Kodak Tri-X 400

america’s patriotic home

The first weekend in May was a double feature of my Mom’s 60th birthday and Mother’s day so my brother’s, Cal and I figured this was the perfect time to go visit her. My mother lives in a small town in Nevada called Hawthorne.

My mom has lived there for approximately 13 years… I’ve been there three times. So as I am sure you’ve guessed by now, it’s not my favorite place to visit. The town is depressing at every turn. It’s dying. It holds on by a thread that is an army depot base (you know… where they keep bombs) and a slots-only casino.

I saw this trip as an opportunity. I just knew that this town was a chance for some photographic awesomeness, especially of the black & white variety.

defunct movie theatre

I’m not sure if I need to say this but this town does not have a good vibe to it. There is something off about it and I think the residents are aware of that. At first I thought this truck was funny and odd but now I think he’s on to something.

Seriously, Hawthorne could be a scene out of The Twilight Zone.

Maybe that’s because all my photos make it seem like we were the only ones there?

out and about in nevada

Just over a week ago, I visited Nevada for a special occasion… here are some scenes from my visit. I have a special post coming soon that I am still working on about a specific town which we spent most of our time in.

The above photos are from Reno where we spent two nights… one on the way in and one on the way out. The town was more fun than I remembered and we got some great deals on hotel rooms but they got it back in our gambling losses. For the record, I didn’t play slots… slots are mindless… I played the Blackjack tables. It was really fun! Some of the best food we had on the trip was in Reno. Side note—did you know that you aren’t allowed to take photos at the tables in casinos… weird, huh?

The photos below are all from our adventures in western Nevada or what I like to call the wilds of Nevada. It was prettier than I remembered.

Thanks for visiting. I’ll see you again here later this week!