Times are changing and I have a love/hate relationship with it all. Recently, I moved to Erie, Colorado because I bought my first house. Everything, including my home, is new and it makes this part of Erie feel sterile to me.
I love old things: buildings, trees, furniture, lamps, clothing, and people. So, you see my dilemma. I spent the past 28 years in Louisville and Lafayette and I loved all the history that surrounded me in those towns.
As a photographer, I am always scouting for interesting places to use as backdrops for my work. One of my favorite parts of Erie is this really cool old VW junkyard. It’s so freaking cool. It is full of the carcasses of old VWs.
Well, at least it used to be. I hadn’t been to the junkyard in a bit, so I walked over. I was so sad to see that someone is developing that piece of property and the surrounding areas. They have left the perimeter, lined with old vans, but the rest is gone. While I’m grateful for my new home, I’m saddened that so many cool things are falling away.
When I travel, especially in Europe, it’s so fascinating to look at and wonder about the history of each place I visit. Somehow, they manage to keep the history while adding the new. Here we demolish history and replace it with the new.
So here is my photo journey around Erie, the old going away for the new. Glad I will always have those memories and images. It will just take time for me to get comfortable with my new town. I will always miss those junked, rusted cars.