The Road

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© Mike Olbinski

Photo license: © All rights reserved

There is really no other appropriate title for this week's Movie Title Wednesdayimage. I knew it the second I stood at this spot, soaking in the wind, the storms and the weeds bursting through this long lost road near I-17.

The Road, while recently a movie, mainly hits home for me in the book form which was written by Cormac McCarthy. It came out a few years ago and even won Cormac a Pulitzer Prize. The story is bleak and harrowing, hopeless and unforgettable. The movie was almost exactly like the book, and in that way, it was hugely successful. The only reason it wasn't a smash hit is probably because it leans big time on the side of depressing.

I am always amazed at how different people interpret things and just a few days ago a photographer I follow named Justin Kern posted some remarkable images that made him think this of this very same film.

Despite the mood of the film, scenes like this are beautiful to me. I shot this last Wednesday during the tornado-fest in Northern Arizona. I raced up I-17 early that morning hoping to capture a twister for the first time ever. I ended up at this spot and eventually turned around and headed back to work. Standing here though was amazing and I only wish I had more time to explore further down the road and capture a few more angles of it.

8 responses

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    This is awesome! What an amazing find.

  • Ally F

    Ally F said (13 Oct 2010):

    This is incredibly beautiful. I love the feeling it invokes. And the depth.. very nice shot.

  • Tricia Louvar

    Tricia Louvar said (13 Oct 2010):

    ironically the yellow line seems so new, vibrant compared to what the pavement is actually telling us. like the life vein is still there but they paved a new splashy highway off to the side. great story in this road.

  • Alex Dudley

    Alex Dudley gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    this is amazing..what do you shoot with?

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    Great stuff

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 Oct 2010):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    Friggin' amazin'.

  • Robert Newman

    Robert Newman (Deleted) said (19 Apr 2012):

    Nicely captured!

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