Thursday, January 18, 2007
Roads Dreams Snow.
This is week # 24 for me participating in Thursday Thirteen. These photos represent a significant aspect of my life...on the road. And I am a dreamer, I may take magazines or books, but often even with a movie on a plane, I am day dreaming when I travel. As much as bus or train travel is slow and uncomfortable I also find it meditative. Although these photos are sometimes fuzzy, sometimes mundane landscape they are a huge part of my world. North America is so big and so many of us have moved around for work or school or military or family or immigration that the highway, the landscape and the repetitiveness is a major aspect of our minds and personalities.
Paul Theroux recently wrote in the New York Times: "Nowhere was solitude more available than on a long drive, especially at night; and it seems to me that my generation was defined by the open road, and the accompanying hope that a promise lay at the end of it. The almost trance-like experience of driving down the soft tunnel of a dark highway at night was something I relished. At most, there would be the distant red lights of a car far ahead, and always the murmer of the glowing radio, the hiss of the tires and, at a certain speed on narroer roads, the fizzing past of telephone poles with their rythmic whiplash.
Late at night, in most places I knew, there was almost no traffic and driving, a meditative activity, could cast a spell. Behind the wheel, gliding along, I was keenly aware of being an American in America, on a road that was also metaphorical, making my way through life, unhndered, developing ideas, making decisions, liberated by the flight through this darkness and silence. With less light pollution, the night sky was different too-starrier, more daunting, more beautiful."
Gary Indiana. I've become a little fascinated with Gary Indiana. A young city creeated in 1906 as a Steel town it has suffered crime, unemployment and poor education since the lack of steel production in America. The Jackson family is from Gary and one of these days I want to drive to the town and take some decent photos.
Every tree covered with a layer of delicate ice.
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