Sunday, July 5th, 2009.
The third morning we got up a bit late. After breakfast, while I was smoking a cigarette outside the hotel, I noticed an abandoned motel and a closed down gas station with a gigantic statue of Santa right next to the parking lot of our hotel. So, before leaving, I decided to take a few pictures.
For the third day we had in plan another 500 mile long drive, all on I-70. One of the highlights of the day was getting some nice ribs at Pappy's Smokehouse in St.Louis, one of the best places to enjoy Memphis style BBQ.
When most people think of Saint Louis, the first image that pops on their minds is most likely a view of the famous steel arch on a bright sunny deep blue sky. A very colorful image. But this is not what I saw when I visited the city of Saint Louis. I saw streets and streets full of old houses that used to be beautiful, but that are now left to themselves, abandoned and forgotten. I wish I could go back to Saint Louis with someone who lives there. I didn't shoot as much as I wanted because I didn't have much time and because I didn't feel safe walking around with my wife and with all my gear in most neighborhoods. Yet, at the same time, I found the pervasive sense of abandonment very intriguing from a photographic perspective. A city of marked contrasts. A city in black and white, for sure...
Pat Metheny, my favorite American jazz guitarist, was born in Missouri, in a suburb southeast of Kansas City. Driving through the states of Missouri and Kansas while listening to his music I finally realized that the breathtaking sky of Missouri must have been one of the strongest inspirations of his amazing work.
Here is It's For You, one of my favorite tunes, from the album As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, also featured at the end of Fandango, the story of five college buddies from the University of Texas who embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up uncertain futures.