Rural Decay Along Route 66

The shot below is of a hotel in #Holbrook, Arizona, where rooms are caricatured teepees that  guests spend the night. This is an old hotel, run-down, and along old Route 66 in #Arizonaland.

I’ve often been asked; where is the best place to find Rural Decay in the American Southwest? My answer would most certainly be to go visit New Mexico.  I dub the state, The Rural Decay Capital of the Southwest. Of course, my all-time favorite places to photograph with historical charm is along any stretch of #Route66. Most of the highway is gone now and wherever you can find a patch of it anywhere along the historical route you will certainly find old abandoned buildings, homes, gas stations, restaurants, automotive repair shops, etc. Whenever you can find any remaining stretches of the highway that are still in-tact, this is where you will locate hidden treasures along the roadside!

Route-66 was known as the Mother of All Highways, and the trail that inspired John Steinbeck’s masterpiece; the #GrapesofWrath. After all these years I have spent photographing it, there is strong spiritual and emotional attachment that I have developed to this beautiful highway. Many a time, I have stepped into the past and remembered these simpler times in American History and the charm of the 1950s.

The photograph above is of Route 66 as it snakes through the frying pan of the blistering #MojaveDesert just shy south of the tourist trap of #Oatman, #Arizona (where donkeys still roam the streets) which seems to have a long-held tradition of inviting tourists feed oats to the donkeys.  It’s on the way to Lake Havasu! If you have never been, I highly recommend paying Oatman a visit! My grandparents once witnessed the unique views, the beautiful vistas, and these bygone little towns. It’s a beautiful experience, walking in their shoes, or should we say driving down their old road?

Instagram: February 21, 2017 at 05:30AM

My life as a UFO Fest Photographer! 😉 Thank you to #OpenMindeTV for allowing me the privilege to photograph the #InternationalUFOCongress which ended yesterday – I’ll be down in #Ajo, #Arizona near the Mexican border for the next few days photographing the #SonoranDesert. It’s amazing that the townspeople in Ajo, AZ, still remember me after two years and follow this Instagram. My face is super recognizable they say. It feels good to be back down this way. Also, I’m planning on legally changing my name to #NathanArizona so stay tuned. My greatest artistic influence is Steven Spielberg and the Coen Brothers! ?#alien #filmmaking #zeta #ufology #ufofest #utahufofest #ufocongress #fountainhills #phoenix #greys #aliens #area51 #ufo ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kUbrI6

Daily Instagrams: September 17, 2016 at 10:38AM

People have been leaving me quotes and references to the Coen Brother’s Film; “Raising Arizona” and I have to give credit to the #CoenBrothers (Filmmakers) for inspiring me and having a pretty deep influence on my photography. Films like #RaisingArizona and #NoCountryForOldMen weren’t simply about the amazing photography but more along the lines of the artistry, the collaborations, and the story behind each of the wonderful films and movies collectively accomplished by the direction and leadership of these brothers. So my “last name” is a tribute to the legacy of Joel and Ethan Coen and all the photographers, film scouts, actors, creatives and collaborators that have made their collective efforts a reality over and over again. So this year, I dedicate my B-Day to them! 🙂 Or my name ain’t Nathan Arizona! #arizona #filmappreciation #history #americansouthwest #birthday #introspection #truth #tbirdnation #utah #grandstaircase ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2cX0R09