Last Gas


Out in New Mexico.

I seem to be stuck in a western mode. That could be telling me something. Maybe a long road trip is due. But, it would be really long. I’m not going to take this trip many more times. So, I probably should make the best of it. And, just go.

Of course, there are complications. I have to fit it into an already busy schedule. And, then there is Storyteller. I don’t have the need to take a break like I did last summer. I fixed that overworked problem. Now, I look forward to working here. Like many things, it was mostly an attitude adjustment. I suppose  that I could do what I really never do, and post from the road. The easiest way to do that is to photograph some scenes twice. Once with cameras and once with my smart phone.

I’m also trying to decide about the timing. If I traveled during summer, which is fast approaching, the weather would be hot and the pictures would have sort of a nostalgic feeling. It would harken back to the days of family road trips. If I waited until fall…well, you know. The light and color would be outstanding. But, it would look and feel much different from summer pictures.

We’ll see. I do have to move soon.

The picture. This was made with a digital camera, as opposed to being made on film. A friend of mine asked via an email what the difference is. This picture feels completely different to me. It’s probably technically superior to the film-based pictures. But, it feels too sharp and mechanical. Even with my tinkering. That’s still not to say one is better than the other. They are just different.

Where did I make this image? New Mexico. Those of you who live and work there will know  this place. Those of you who don’t, but like to photograph this kind of stuff, won’t. Oh well. Reciprocation is fine. But, many people want locations and such, but refuse to share theirs. There is no mystery to this place. Still…

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

12 thoughts on “Last Gas

      1. I was in NM for about 4 years after the storm. At first, it was a curative because we were all a little PTSD’d out. Then, it just got boring. I don’t know how it would be for me now.

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  1. I was in New Mexico last summer on the train with my grandson. I plan to take him back this summer for more lessons on being American. I love the Native American culture on display in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It will be long trip from Chicago, where he lives, to Kansa, my birth place and onward to Colorado and Znew Mexico. I love the journeys of my life.

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    1. When I was young, my parents used to take my sister and I on a train from Long Beach, CA to NYC and eventually Brooklyn. Our stop in Albuquerque was always good because we had about 20 minutes to walk around outside. I don’t know how well you know Albuquerque, but make sure that you go to Old Town. Most Native American reservations are fairly closed to visitors, but if you ask nicely…

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