Into The Great Nowhere

Into the purple snow.

I’ve been doing some kind of drive by, or drive through shooting for years. This photograph was actually made in black and white on Tri-X film. The color comes later, much later. Like last night while I was playing around.

I was much younger when I made this picture. I don’t think that I’d drive and shoot in the snow these days. No matter how much experience you have, this just ain’t safe. Make a wrong move and you are in a snow bank or wrapped around a tree.

The picture was made on Highway 395 on the way from Long Beach, California to Reno, Nevada. That’s a whole other story that I’ll tell you one of these days.


I want to talk about something else. My family and lies they told the kids. If you recall I’ve learned a lot from that showed me just how many untruths our parents told us. I’ll share one as reminder. My dad had a sister who we never even knew about. Olga was her name. Later in her life, she lived and died not five miles from where I grew up. I never knew it.

Here’s the latest truthy story they told us. I was born in Brooklyn. No. I wasn’t. Apparently, my dad wanted to move from New York to California, Los Angeles to be exact. He dragged my mom on a road trip from NYC to LA. while she was pregnant with me. They ended up staying there for about three months where I popped onto the scene. Sure, I lived in Brooklyn until I was about two years old, but I’m a Californian.

I have California bloodlines.

Isn’t that something? It explains a lot. I have no idea who or what I am.

I’m just a mutt.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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