Sunday, 5 September 2010

In 29 Palms

Copyright @ Emelle Sonh

These photos were taken by Emelle Sonh in 2007 at the 29 Palms Inn in the town of 29 Palms, in the Southern Californian desert. This town is not the end of the world, the locals say, but you can see it from here.

What do I like about these pics? The colours, of course, and that they cause all sorts of memories to come up. The BLTs at the inn; the Burrito place; the library; the various palms; the supermarket, and the gas stations on the 29 Palms Highway; Adobe Road that seemed, at first glance, to consist almost exclusively of barber and tattoo shops, and of churches; the "kitschy" desert sunsets ... as Emelle once phrased it: it is a place beyond cliché.

Photographs are essentiallly triggers. In the case of these two pics this also means that not only images of 29 Palms go through my mind but quite some others that are related to my three months in the Californian desert: trips through Joshua Tree National Park, the shapes of Wonder Valley, the airplane cemetery in Mojave, and and and ...

1 comment:

kalina morena said...

i love the photos from the post and your text, too.
it looks like you're at peace.