Expedition 66 was a multi-day creative research project that traversed the Texas Panhandle along historic Route 66. Inspired by Stephen Shore’s research from 1972-1973, we picked up his book, ‘American Surfaces’, and set out to create a visual record of our own. We were completely free of timetables and agendas. Lodging was booked on the road to maintain the essence of spontaneity. Other than a rather demanding GPS unit named ‘Jane’, we had no direction other than our muse and sense of adventure. This is the official record of Expedition 66.
- Location: Route 66 Northern Texas
- Date: May 2-4
- Explorers: Justin and Armando
- Armando’s Instruments: iPhone 6, Nikon 810, Nikon 14-24, Nikon 105 Micro, Sigma 35mm 1.4.
- Justin’s Instruments: iPhone 6, Fuji x100s
- Expedition Gallery: http://gallery.thephotofrontier.com/Expedition66/
More than any single action by the government since the end of the war, this one would change the face of America with straightaways, cloverleaf turns, bridges, and elongated parkways. Its impact on the American economy-the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction, the rural areas it would open up-was beyond calculation. -Dwight D. Eisenhower Mandate for Change
I was photographing every meal I ate, every person I met, every waiter or waitress who served me, every bed I slept in, every toilet I used. – Stephen Shore
Miles Traveled: 1230
Strongest WiFi Signal: Hampton Inn Amarillo, TX
Plates of Pad Thai: 2
Justin Shutter Actuations: 2432
Armando Shutter Actuations: 731
Total Actuations: 3163
NP-95 Batteries Recharged: 14
Storms Dodged: 2
Storms Not Dodged: 1
Nights At Pizza Hut: 2
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Animated Guide To Photographic Techniques
Day 1: Denver, CO to Amarillo, TX
Google estimated the drive from our headquarters in Denver, CO to Amarillo, TX to be 6 hours and 21 minutes. Our actual travel time was 14 hours and 17 minutes. An unexpected discovery from our first day was a veggie jalapeño burger in Logan, NM. We also learned that guys wearing ‘Beats’ headphones, also travel with cats.
“We’re never going to make it to Amarillo.” -Armando
“He’s not a friendly dog.“-Jimmy
“We’re in Texas, this is practically a western.” -Armando
“Son, I need to ask….where you from?” -Police Officer questioning Justin
“I’ve got nothing to do today except make photos.” -Justin
“The Pizza Hut next door is the best bar in Amarillo.” -Anonymous
Day 2: Amarillo, TX to Texola, OK
Day two took us from Amarillo, TX to the border town of Texola, OK and back. Again Google suggested our drive time would be 4 hours, which would put us back in Amarillo for lunch. After a solid 12 hours on the road, we barely made it back to Amarillo for dinner. Although Amarillo isn’t known for its Thai food, a hastily conducted geographic search for a restaurant landed us at the Thai Palace. Following a plate of Pad Thai, we made a few sunset photos from the nearby Walmart parking lot.
“Go big! I want Texas big.” -Armando
“Nah…I reserve star-bursts for religious themes.” -Armando
“Old cars are sexy. You know, curvy like a woman.” -Bobby Richards
Armando: “Do you want to go in that old wooden house?” Justin: “No.“
Anonymous: “Be careful out there.”
Justin: “Is there something particular I need to be careful of?”
Anonymous: “Nah…it’s just something we say around here.“
Day 3: Amarillo, TX to Denver, CO
By this point, everything was historic. For our return, we opted to take historic highway 285 north out of Amarillo. We left Route 66 and a mighty fine Pizza Hut behind us, and made our way through both the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. As we traveled north we developed a theory that the historic districts of the small towns would likely face the railroad tracks, and not the highway. After surveying every town we visited, we didn’t find the requisite data to support our claim. However, we did see some pretty rad t-shirts while we conducted our study.
“Starbucks? We don’t even have a Walmart!.” -Anonymous
“I’m trying to stick with empty carbs.” -Armando
“Just give me any camera. I’m going to make some magic. ” -Justin
“We sure got out to nothin’ quick.” -Armando
“Do you have the keys? I need to get another battery for my Fuji.” -Justin
“Our county commissioner is vegetarian and he orders the Chile Reno along with the beans. But the beans have bacon in them.” -Anonymous
Typology of RAD T-Shirts
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Relevant Satellite and Radar Imagery
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Interstate Passing Lane
Watch for signs on Texas multi-lane highways that read “Left Lane For Passing Only.” These signs let you know that the left lane on a divided highway is not a “fast” lane; it is a passing lane.
After you pass someone, move into the right lane once you’ve safely cleared the vehicle. Impeding the flow of traffic by continuing to drive in the left lane is punishable by a fine of up to $200.-Texas Department of Transportation
Points of Interest
Stories From The Frontier
If you are a member of The Fellowship, make sure to jump into ‘Stories from the Frontier’ library and catch these two episodes. In them we take a deep dive into the Expedition, the images and the creative research we conducted.