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Flowers in a Mobile Home, Grant

Flowers, Grant

Flowers, Grant

Why did I find the Grant auction so enthralling? The reclamation of historical chaff. Our need to place value on the lost and the discarded.

Nostalgia, reevaluated.

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Retrospective: Alley Belle’s Cabin, Colorado

Alley Belle Cabin, Romley

Alley Belle Cabin, Romley
July, 2006
7:20 a.m.

I’ve been coming to the Alley Belle mine for many years, and every time I do, I find new facets to photograph. In fact, many times the place frustrates me as I try to simplify the place into a meaningful image; this image is one successful attempt. A print of it hangs in our house, three feet wide, reminding us of an early July morning, surrounded by the ghosts of a time long past.

Alley Belle’s Cabin, Romley, Colorado

Annie Belle's Cabin, Romley

Annie Belle's Cabin, Romley

A bumpy drive south of St. Elmo, Colorado, is the Alley Belle Mine, one of a very few remaining vestiges of the town of Romley. There sits a miner’s cabin, abandoned, with only the brief summer flowers and morning light to warm its decaying existence, and one late June morning at 7 a.m., I joined those companions in the cabin, celebrating the past and present through this photo.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Catholic Church Interior, Montrose

Montrose Church Interior

Montrose Church Interior

In an earlier post, I showed an image depicting the passage of time over the Montrose Catholic Church, and its small cemetery, which details another set of passages for the ranching families in the area. Today’s image is from inside the church, where a sparse interior, lack of running water, and no heat accompany parishioners beyond their greeting by the figures of the Virgin and Jesus Christ. The photo seems to exhibit barrel distortion from a wide angle lens, but this is an illusion: over its more than one hundred years, the floor of the building has sagged toward the outside walls, adding one more testament of years to which the building has borne silent witness.