Art, Everyday, History, Landscape, Nature, nostalgia, photography, Town, Travel

Downtown Taiban, NM

Abandoned home in Taiban, NM

Abandoned home in Taiban, NM. Most of the town has crumbled and disappeared, although there is still a functioning U.S. Post Office on the main highway, U.S. 60/84.

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Architecture, Art, History, photography, Travel

San Juan Hotel

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Historic San Juan Hotel in downtown San Juan, TX. It was home to fabled Texas lawman Tom Mayfield during the last years of his life. The hotel opened in 1920 and is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a prostitute murdered on the second floor.

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Abstract, Art, photography, Photoshop

Church in the Clouds

San Juan Capistrano composite rendered in Photoshop CS5

This began as a photograph of the church at Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Antonio, TX. I converted the photo to a crosshatch sketch, added a mirrored image of cirrus clouds from my library of cloud photos, a blue background and some white highlights to create a church floating in a surreal sky. It is both more and less of the original image, as well as more and less of the image in my mind. I built the final illustration on 5 or 6 layers in Photoshop CS5 in about an hour or so.

 

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Art, photography, Poetry

It’s Just a Doorway

PortalIt’s just a doorway, now
It was once a portal
to a beautiful little church
where Hispanic natives
attended every Sunday.

Now, the church is
across the street
A huge modern building
with a tall brick bell tower;
no bells, just megawatt speakers

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