March 28, 2009, 11:42:02 - Amboy, California

Located in California's Mojave Desert, with a population of four, Amboy is a quirky little place, with a thriving gas station, a closed restaurant, and deserted motel. I asked and received permission to photograph the interior of the restaurant from the gun-toting owner who also ran the only gas station in the area. The photo sums up this lonely, near abandoned, outpost and its strange surroundings. The old pinball machine adds to the bizarre nature of the place. 

1 comment:

Curt Bianchi said...

I remember seeing this image on your website a few years back. At the time, we had bought one of your pieces from your 50-50 exhibit at the Sanchez Art Center, so of course I had to look you up. Coincidentally, I also took an image transfer class from Robert Kato at Rayko around that time and I mentioned your transfers. Of course, then I found out that you and Robert know each other well.

Anyway, this image combines two things I love. Well, three things: Neon signs, pinball machines, and texture. One of the neater takes on the Roy's sign that I've seen.