Thursday, February 17, 2011


Bellmead, Texas 8 January 2011

The day before my sister-in-law's wedding, I decided I needed to get out and about, wrap my fingers around my camera for a few hours. For my excuse to get away, I choose a desire to see just where exactly was the site of the Branch Davidian compound that was burned to the ground a number of years ago by federal authorities. So, with my nephew in tow, off we went. I got as far a Bellmead, a suburb of Waco, before the images came rushing at me. I must have stopped at least six times before finally heading out in an easterly direction.

On my past trips to Texas and other places, I have been struck by the number of closed up and decaying gas/service stations. See here, here, here, here, here, and here as a few examples. Above, yet, another.


Steve Williams said...


When the image appeared on the screen my first, visceral reaction was, "Wow, straight lines!"

My eyes kept running back and forth on the horizontal lines of the station. Sort of an amazing effect.

You keep finding these places that seem like diaramas in how you photograph them.

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Pat Tillett said...

While it's true that there are many more people than there was 25 years or so ago. There seems to be many less gas stations. I hadn't really thought about that. I'm used to seeing in the desert, but even where I live, there just aren't that many stations remaining. Where does everyone get their gas? We usually go to Costco...
Closed statons do make for good photos sometimes!
here's one!

pitchertaker said...

Pat, I couldn't get the link to open, but I think we are seeing less and less "mom/pop" service stations and more corporate stations in the form of mini-marts, etc. At least, that's my experience from traveling across the country. Everything seems to congregate where highways cross the Interstates.

Wild Cayuse Creek said...

So gorgeous and visceral. It is interesting how decay can be full of beauty and emotion, yet most people just pass it by.

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