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.



4 responses to “Into The Great Nowhere”

  1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    Interesting. 395 is a great route for eastern Sierra photographs.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Most direct way to go from Long Beach to Reno.

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  2. Debra Avatar

    Even I have taken some wonderful (to me) photos on 395. 🙂 I love everything about a 395 road trip! I hope you’ll share more about yours.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      That’s a long time gone (As David Crosby wrote). I’ll have to go through my black and white archives which is no easy task. Bout, one that needs to be done.

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