“Around the World in Analogue” is your bite-size guide to the most amazing travel destinations across the globe, as documented by the members of the Lomography community. Today, lomographer Cory Marshall Spangler (@redredgray) shares a photo diary of his five-month journey to West Texas.
Name: Cory Marshall Spangler
Camera: Lomo'Instant Wide
Film: Fuji Instax Wide and Fuji Instax Monochrome Wide
Location: Far West Texas
For the past five months I've lived in the desert on the border of West Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. My wife and I are seasonal volunteers at the state park in Big Bend, one of the remotest lands in the USA, and we have a lot of time and space to roam. If one spends enough time out here, that person will end up forgetting more about this place then most people will ever know of it. But I have a camera and a typewriter. Since I shoot on an instant camera, taking pictures out here can be tricky. Compulsion toward perfecting a shot can get you stuck without film for weeks, and still no perfect shot. A lot of the photos in this series were in the "mistake" pile. This desert is simultaneously the most photogenic and most difficult place to photograph I've been to on the road. Phenomena can change so quickly. So like all things in the desert you adapt and become an opportunist. You learn to read subtleties in the elements. Having a camera is very instructive in this regard; the chalk-mark of a cirrus cloud passing under the sun can change the entire temperature of the light.
I've used both color and monochrome films in this series, with the color soaking in the warmth and the monochrome tugging at the textural subtleties. My very first monochrome photo is included. Truthfully, I've spent most of my time out here walking and "reading" the environment. When the pictures came, they came suddenly and quickly. I named this album what I did, in part, because I think we have an idea of what "the West" looks like in our imagination. Sometimes out here you run into it, and ironically, it takes you by surprise. So you take a picture of it before it vanishes.
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