Route 66 illuminated: Night time images alongside the Mom Road

Route 66 illuminated: Night time images alongside the Mom Road

I talked about my e-book about Route 66, evening images, light portray, history, and stories in this YouTube video clip. I enjoy it when so lots of fascinating subject areas collide in a person presentation.

This was the original flyer for the July 22 2023 Zoom Series, which was presented live. Fortunately, you can watch the recording of it now!
This was the initial flyer for the July 22 2023 Zoom Collection, which was offered live. Luckily, you can enjoy the recording of it now!

California Historic Route 66 Affiliation Zoom Collection

California Historic Route 66 Affiliation began in 1990 to foster, grow, encourage, and perpetuate community consciousness relating to the growth, historical past, and significance of Route 66 in California. It’s particularly enjoyable when they check with you to examine your book on evening photography and the heritage of the Mom Road with other observed historians and authors.

Twin Arrows Trading Post, AZ. "Route 66 Abandoned: Under a Western Moon" by Ken Lee
Higher than: Twin Arrows, Arizona. A single of the arrows fell in February 2022.

I had the honor of presenting images and tales with other mentioned authors Jim Hinckley and Cher Eichar Jett. We all have documented the Mother Road in distinctive approaches, regardless of whether as a result of day pictures or night photography.

Route 66 Tales and Images — California Historic Route 66 Affiliation

Much more about Route 66 Abandoned: Below a Western Moon

I joked that the irony of my presentation with the California Historic Route 66 Association was that I would current locations that no a person preferred to go to any more. But of course, Route 66 is about anything: Western Growth, historical past, autos, the Dust Bowl and far more. It’s also about what was still left driving as nicely as what’s coming. Of system, considerably of it both provides the past alive or is relocating forward. There are a lot of new retailers, corporations and extra along California’s part of Route 66. Certainly, a first rate component of Route 66 in California is in vibrant, properly-populated spots.

I wrote a e book with about 140 color pictures about the section of the Mother Street that was still left guiding. This addresses much of Arizona and California. Some of the areas are better known, these kinds of as Two Guns or Twin Arrows, when some are obscure. But all are fascinating.

To numerous, Route 66 turned a beacon of liberation and option.

And ultimately, decline. 

The 3 of us offered our normally takes on Route 66 while touching on these themes.

Road Runner's Retreat, CA. "Route 66 Abandoned: Under a Western Moon" by Ken Lee
Previously mentioned: With the developing of the quicker Interstate Freeway Process, motorists bypassed Route 66. Prosperity evaporated, with quite a few leaving their households, markets, diners, gas stations and kitschy roadside attractions to the aspects. This cafe, Street Runner’s Retreat, has a person of my beloved signs along the iconic highway. Photographed at night. The indicator and the location have been preserved and are remaining cleaned up by Ryan Anderson and the Street Runner’s Retreat corporation.
Ludlow Garage, Ludlow, CA. "Route 66 Abandoned: Under a Western Moon" by Ken Lee
Previously mentioned: Ludlow garage at night.

Photographing Route 66 at night time

I explored these abandoned spots, pushed by curiosity. And sure, I searched out the abnormal and peculiar as well, aiming to photograph them at night. I would illuminate these neglected places with a handheld gentle, illuminating them through extended publicity. Through the years, I put hundreds and countless numbers of miles on my auto, exploring the most well known roadway in the United States.

Night photo of the old Whiting Brothers Motel sign in Yucca, AZ.
Previously mentioned: Night image of the aged Whiting Brothers Motel sign in Yucca, AZ.

Saving background by pictures

I had photographed Goffs Normal Retail outlet right before. I now felt fortunate that I had completed so.

The photo that saved the Goffs General Store and Saloon sign.
The photo that saved the Goffs Standard Shop and Saloon indication.

Also, I photographed the retailer indicator at evening. It experienced fallen and was leaning versus 1 of the exterior partitions. Somebody experienced observed the indicator. That particular person introduced it to the attention of the nearby Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association in Goffs. They took the indicator about to the cultural center for preservation.

Now, that signal was all that was left of Goffs Common Retailer.