Spaceships and other things.

Texas.

Even the name conjures up all sorts of meaning. Cowboys. The West. Freedom. Big food. Big hair. Big hats. I’m pretty sure that most people think don’t about space aliens when they think about Texas.

I found this interestingly shaped house when I was traveling around Texas back country. I didn’t stop. I didn’t ask. In retrospect, I should have. Knowing my ability to work with all sorts of people, I might have even been invited inside for a quick look around. But, really? This scene was enough for me. How often do you see something like this?

I once showed this picture to a friend of mine. A Texan. I said something like, “this explains everything.” She replied, “what the hell do you mean by that?” Texans take their state and their mythology seriously.

Sort of like New Orleanians do.

Many of them are in a serious uproar about the removal of the first of the Confederate statues. Me? I think all things must pass. Especially things memorializing a very dark chapter in my country’s history. I say grind them up and turn them into gravel to repair the potholes on my street.

But, that’s just me.

I’m not a native New Orleanian and that’s been made clear to me. I can fix that. I own property in Brooklyn. New York. I was born in Brooklyn. Maybe it’s time to reclaim the neighborhood of my birth. I’m not sure I want to live in a place where three statues memorialize traitors and slavery. And, the so-called natives support that. Oh wait. One of them said he was indigenous. I didn’t know that he came from Native American ancestory.  You learn something every day. Around here.

Rant over. He said. With a smile.

The picture. Oh, the usual these days. Film. Photo paper. Scan. Tinker with it until the result is unrecognizable. Then show it to you. I think I like all the stuff that I added to the sky. The picture appears, at first glance, as if it was made on another planet.

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18 Replies to “Lost in Texas”

  1. Well, I’d love to say remembering the past at the expense of the future is rare but… I think one thing that comes to mind for me though is that we need to accept historical “heroes” within their cultural context (at the time) and yes, sometimes that means that relatively racist people will be considered heroic. I guess it’s part of taking the bad with the good but, not normalizing the bad regardless of when it happened. The photo is amazing though!

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  2. I always enjoy your stories Ray … they are really autobiographical – giving voice to your hopes, thoughts, frustrations, dreams, humour and your passions for people and creative image-making. Transparency is rare in this strange world of personal protection and privacy. I think your readers appreciate it.

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