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The Chevy at Arroyo Seco

The Chevy at Arroyo Seco

New Mexico, USA

Our group traveled a few miles from Taos one morning, to explore the quaint little New Mexican village of Arroyo Seco. While we waited for breakfast to be served at Abe's cafe, some of us photographed the car across the street, where it sat quietly in an empty dirt lot.

What was the car doing there? What stories could it have told us, of where had it been, what had it seen? These were questions that would not be answered, and maybe it was best that way; some mysteries need or should not be explained, only savored.

Those of us who might survive as long as the car may end up just as rusty, just as colorful, and just as rooted to our final resting place. Perhaps in our perseverance we'll be judged rusty enough and colorful enough to be photographed in our own right. Perhaps that's one of the stories the car was trying to tell us.

In a way, the old car was there for us that morning, having long awaited our arrival with the patience of Job. Does it wait for you, too?


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sunlightpix29-Nov-2008 21:41
Forlorn and forgotten, a sad symbol of the 20th century.
Bryan Murahashi24-Nov-2008 04:22
Great vivid colors in this capture. V
Phil Douglis23-Nov-2008 20:23
People identify with their cars. They become an extension of persona. And when the car goes off to die, all that it once meant to someone goes along with it. Your image resurrects more than an old Chevy here -- it speaks of the end of a dream, a life, a mission. And it amazingly acquires a new beauty, even in decay. It is just for this reason that I have devoted an entire gallery to this very subject athttp://www.pbase.com/pnd1/cars A car I found rusting away in the ghost town of Darwin, California (http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/75089919 andhttp://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/75089923 ) tells a similar story. I love your poetic ruminations, too -- they add a great deal to your artistry here.
Carol E Sandgren23-Nov-2008 19:56
What a pallette of colors you have drawn from this old car! I can only imagine what experiences this car has been through. Yes, the mystery should remain that way although we can always be curious.
bluebirdstar23-Nov-2008 19:37
Beautiful in its own way - nice shot! V
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