Blood In the Asphalt: Prayers From the Highway by Jesse Sensibar is coming October 16th. “In one of my former lives, before I reinvented myself once again, I was a tow truck driver out of Flagstaff, the small mountain town in Northern Arizona where I still live. The stories I can tell about those years of my life go on for as long as the highway itself, all the way to the sea and then back. I understand this better than most having spent my own successful life out here and seeing so many lives spent, and in many cases lost, on these strips of pavement. These days I drive a lot and I stop a lot. I take a few careful iPhone pictures and I turn some of them into Facebook posts. Mostly they are pictures of the monuments of our own recent passing: closest to my own pain are the roadside shrines to the dead that have been lost to the highway. I feel a special kinship to these things, whether I am working my way across the Mojave Desert and then up Highway 58 across Southern California’s Inland Empire to the City of Gold beside the bay or across Southwest Texas in the Borderlands. I try not to judge too harshly and I try not to preach too hard. Mostly I try to let my pictures and my words convey what is important.” -Jesse Sensibar
Kimi bir kavşağın yanında, kimi bir uçurumun kenarında birbirinden farklı tasarıma sahip olan bu küçük kilise maketler geçmişte yaşanan trafik kazalarını unutmamak adına genellikle kaza mağdurları ya da aileleri tarafından yaptırılıyor. İçerisinde kazada ölen ya da yaralanan kişinin fotoğrafı, mum ve ziyaret edenlerin sunduğu küçük armağanların bulunduğu mini kilise bazen geçmişte yıkılan bir kilisenin üzerine de yerleştirilebiliyor.
Out on Nevada Highway 50 past Fallon near the B-17 Range we found this triple shrine for Mark and Jeanne Hounsell and Laura Fisher from back it October of 2015. Mark was law enforcement with South Lake Tahoe PD. Jeanne loved the band Pantera. They were also Cubs fans. Somebody thought to bring them a World Series flag from when the Cubs finally won a year after their deaths. True diehard Cubs fans, even from beyond the grave. I’m glad they have people that cared this much about them. Their crosses are simple but well made. The high desert will take them eventually but for now this memorial stands tall and proud. These shrines that mark multiple fatality accidents always give me pause, especially this week where another one in another state has hit people I care about so hard. My heart hurts a little for all of us as I write this, both the living and the dead. Rest In Peace Jeanne, Mark, Laura, Angel, and Meghan...damn that list is long. #descanso#descansado#roadsidememorial#roadsideshrine#highwaymemorial#highwayshrines#fallonnevada#sltpd#lonelistroadinamerica#angel#cubsfans#pantera#gonebutnotforgotten#highdesertmystic#mydissapearingwest
Corner of Highway 160 and Belle Vista in Pahrump, Navada. This is a pretty rough part of the American West, lots of grit, meth, and guns mixed in with the casinos and hobby ranches stretch for miles on top of the aquifer along the Nevada/California strip. There’s enough pain here you can smell it on the hot wind if you pay attention. Most highway shrines begin with a cross, a symbolic representation of the sacrifice of Christ to many but also on the highway a symbol, a warning, and a marker of loss. Uncle Jimmy’s Memorial from his nephews Caleb and Liam does not include this element, instead it goes for fall leaves, lots of flowers, animals, an American flag, a stuffed bunny in a basket with a banana, a Christmas wreath, and a bowling pin. Rest In Peace Jimmy.#descanso#descansado#highwayshrines#highwaymemorials#roadsideshrine#roadsidememorial#pahrump#navada#nyecounty#memorials#highdesertmystic#mydissapearingwest
I pass this everyday on my way to and from work. Have always wondered about it, and as time goes by memories fade and memorials get overgrown. Authorities have identified the bodies found in a car submerged in water in southwest Miami-Dade as a young couple who went missing earlier in the week. The medical examiner's office has confirmed that the bodies of Alexandra Picon and Brandon Arana were in the car, Miami-Dade Police said Friday. #tooyoungtodie#dontdrinkanddrive#sad#roadsidememorial#leicam10#leica 🔴
I always find a shrine when I fly back into town, this one in the median just past Irvington where the Benson Highway turns into Tucson Boulevard. It’s a super clean cross with CNC cut steel and aluminum with a kind of contemporary tribal flame tattoo feel to it. Perhaps the design on the cross is reminiscent of a tattoo Mike Vanbogaert carried on his body. He was 11 days short of his 20th birthday, his birthday is 4 days before mine which is on the 11th, brings the numbers full circle and makes me wish I knew more about numerology. They tell me the number one is somehow tied to the angels . Four pavers and a simple wreath of plastic flowers complete his shrine here in the steaming sunlight of the monsoon desert that welcomes me back. #descansos#descansado#highdesertmystic#mydissapearingwest#roadsidememorial#roadsideshrine#southtucson#tucsonarizona