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Neon Motels NM

Introduction

Each image in the portfolio was recorded in the mid to late 1980's on color transparency film using 35mm or 4 x 5 cameras. Though I experimented with cameras and film to see which combination rendered the truest depiction of the scene, my primary camera was a Canon A-1. My preferred film was Fujichrome 50. The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari and Joe's Ringside in Las Vegas, New Mexico (available late 2014) were shot with a Wista 4 x 5 field camera and a new hybrid film we called Fujiroid - Fujichrome 4 x 5 film loaded into Polaroid film holders. 

In 1985, New Mexico's family-owned neon motels on Route 66 and elsewhere, still looked much the same way they did in the 1950s and 1960s. It wasn't until the end of the century that we began to see them slip into disrepair, then collapse into vacant lots to be replaced by shops and, now, condominiums and apartments. 

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