Second Edition - May 13, 2009
A collection of black and white photographic images captured along US Route 66 during the spring of 2008 by Author-Photographer Howard Brown - www.LouisAnnImage.com
The work was originally envisioned as a simple photo essay. However, as the collection of thoughts and images were being assembled it became clear that this was to be more than simple artistic expression. It had, in fact become testimony to a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable, life changing road trip.
It is hoped that those who care to thumb through these pages may find just a bit of fascination with the view along "The Mother Road." The images are captioned simply so as not to distract. In removing the color, leaving only light and shadow, we help the eyes see the texture and the classic never-say-die character that is, and always will be, US Route 66.
No question, creativity is contagious in my family. My lovely wife and I raised two children, one now a successful graphic artist, the other a practicing civil engineer. Creativity in one form or another has always been in my blood. Photography came early to me--long before the digital, have-it-now age. I sure have a lot of work from that time stowed away.. Not having issue with change, I've welcomed this new found ability to digitally capture the pixels in our world, the light, the shadow, the colors. Further, not being necessarily a traditionalist, I have been known to alter reality in the virtual darkroom of editing software. It is a wonderful thing. The focus of my work has always been more toward the inanimate. I have an appreciation for the shape and form in the engineered creations of man: architectural/structural, automotive, marine. Put all this into the world around us, and I'm at home behind the lens--hopefully to capture an image... in honor of reality.