So we are shooting mostly medium and large format black and white film on this trip, but sometimes color is the way to go, so when we are in a place like Pete’s, we run a few digital images taken on a 5d Mark II. It has become the go to for color documentation. Nothing can compare to real black and white film, but to our eyes, high end digital color has gotten pretty darn good. We are still a little suspect though.
There are many more from the Pete’s garage that were shot on medium format film. These will not be available until we do our first exhibit on account of, we currently have no way to develop and print film on the road. This will likely not change as toting a dark room around would be a total pain in the ass, but it has been crossing our minds.
Phoenix has been a quiet storm, much like Kenny G’s music. Everything about us needs to be on the road, but fate has a way of dishing out “continental failure”, a term I coined to describe my 8 plus massive coast to coast breakdowns over the last 15 years. I apologize to Neil for becoming his Jonah. Here are a couple of digi shots from Phoenix, we both wish we could turn the film around fast enough to post it here, because the film shots are what we are here for, and those are the real images. The permanent physical record. We will be camping tonight east of Tuba City on Navajo land. Looking forward to getting back to the open land and the salt of the Earth people. m.wignall
A few images from the digital eye of Matt and Neil:
Here below we have Mike, or Mike Phoenix as we now call him. Mike has saved our lives by driving to Cottonwood, and bringing us to Phoenix, and then driving us around like a couple mafia goons in his black Infinity. Mike is the Future Road Maps follower of the month. A prize we do not hand out lightly. He is also a pretty sweet artist:
We happened across the Michael Smith Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico. They specialize in Native American rugs from the early 20th century. They absolutely have it going on.
526 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Our Future Road Maps person of the week is our friend David Bonaventura, who aside from having some New Mexico land, also runs the vibey TSOVET watch brand. He hooked us up with this amazing ranch land outside of Grants. The land is empty right now, nothing but a couple of trails and what must be thousands of acres of red rocks, bears and mountain cats. No permits, no hassle, just a gate with a lock to the middle of nowhere. We plowed through the woods and rock to find our own little camping site where we put together the roof tent and a quick fire pit, then we ran off to take pictures. This basically was the agenda for two nights out there. Here are a couple of the digi shots, we can’t wait to get our film developed!
And we’ll wrap it up with this last shot, on the road to the ranch land, which pretty much sums up why we love New Mexico.
So you know that song 12 days of Christmas? My true love gave to me… all that corny stuff? We thought it would be fun to do the 12 days of Future Road Maps. I present to you for the first time ever, 12 film photographs, 6 from Matt, and 6 from Neil, from the Southwest of America. FRM, trip number 1. This is what we were sent to capture. Above: Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico, A/C and Wall, Harrison
What we have here is your basic Americana road trip shot with a more enlightened wind energy kind of thing going on. A wind turbine in a pear tree. No golden rings and drummers drumming just yet. GAS, Arizona, Wignall
Saloon Flag, AZ. Harrison
“Velvet Acid Christ” Fan and Girlfriend, Jerome AZ., Wignall
“Beauty and the Tourist Consuming Beast” Sedona, AZ. Harrison
“Pete” Cottonwood, AZ. Wignall
Earthship Interior, Chimayo Valley, NM. Harrison
Young Shirtless Man Who Asked Me For Money, AZ. Wignall
Alberto, Chimayo, NM. Harrison
Low Riders and Train, NM. Wignall