Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Motels: The most haunted places in America


Holbrook, AZ
Motel, Holbrook, AZ



Motel, Santa Fe, NM
Motel, Santa Fe, NM



Williams, AZ
Motel, Williams, AZ



Motel
Motel, Holbrook, AZ



Williams, AZ
Motel, Williams, AZ


When I'm traveling I like staying in cheap motels. There's something about them which captures my imagination. I love the atmosphere, the dated and crumbling decor, the buzzing neon signs, the musty smell of the rooms and the people that use them. I love to listen to the stories of those that work in the office. I love the plastic dusty flower displays, stale coffee, the old TV's and faded pictures hanging on the walls. I love the cracked cement parking lots, the broken coke machines and the Bible in the bedside draw with the broken back.

What I love most of all are the dreams I have in the bumpy uncomfortable beds after a day of driving. Laying in the darkness listening to the trucks thundering past on the road outside I think about all the people who have stayed in the very room I am in. I imagine all the things that could have possibly happened and feel the fleeting ghosts of their presence echo around me. In the darkness I contemplate my own flickering sepia place in it's transitory history.

For me they are the most haunting and haunted places in America.

4 comments:

  1. Really interesting serie, i love how you, as an outsider inside the States can see the strange beauty of such places. In the best tradition of   "Road Movies".

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  2. Great text and lovely images -- the top and bottom ones are special favourites. It is impossible not to be touched by the road movie nerve of these.

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  3. Great post thank you for sharing.

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  4. I think they are saying that because there are lots of crimes that are made in some motels. That is why we can't stop people from saying that motels in America are haunted.

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