In an interesting twist of fate, my journey began near Springfield Missouri, which itself on April 30, 1926 was the official birthplace of Route 66. About 30 miles from Springfield, I took the first photograph in this series—in Albatross, Missouri. The outer wall of this once bustling machine shop has the trademark Route 66 affixed to its overgrown ivy stone and brick façade.
About the Route 66 Journey
For more than three decades, I have been photographing the nexus between death and rebirth, capturing what happens when nature reclaims what men and women have built.For the past several years, I have been photographing along the iconic Route 66, traveling thus far from Missouri through New Mexico. In the coming years, I will head northeast to Illinois where the highway begins and southwest to California where the highway ends.