Postcard: Barstow, or Why I Love Truck Stops

 

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While waiting to have dinner with some relatives before heading up to the Owens Valley to continue photographing the Lower Owens River Project, I made a few snaps with a digi, which might actually turn into something more substantial.

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It has been a few years since I have driven clear across the county, but there have been several shorter trips over the last few years. On one such trip to Erie last year I had the idea of photographing truck stops—Pilots, Loves, Flying Js, and all the small little stops that seem to have so much character, like Mrs. B’s in Barstow, California.

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Knowing that everything consumed in this country travels, at some point, by truck, I want to look at the people and the way of live of the people are a major, and a much under-recognized, part of the way of life in this country.

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About Richard Boutwell

I am an emerging photographer originally from the Hi-Desert of Southern California, and relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2002 for an intensive apprenticeship with the photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. I now live in Philadelphia, and concentrate on my own projects and writing.
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