I picked this book up, Bowie Texas, at the LA art book fair! It caught my eye and I got excited because the Shoemakers are from Bowie, TX! It's about 2 hours northwest of Fort Worth. It was the first place I visited as a child outside of California, so I was immediately drawn to it. My grandfather grew up there and he was part of a family of 10.
In the book, the photographer captured his road trips over the course of 5 years, through the middle of nowhere, USA. These shots are all so beautiful. Although it doesn't mark which one was taken where, I can only guess which ones are in Bowie. In the back there's also a collection of portraits.
I took a road trip when I graduated from college in South Carolina with my mom for 2 weeks back to Springville, CA through all the middle states. I figured, when else would I do this and see these places? I wish I was a photographer and captured it all at the time! Maybe I can learn photography and document life in the Central Valley (where my family lives now, they always seem to reside in the smallest towns)!
Chicago! It was the only band I listened to when I was a kid and I begged my parents to go. I was in the 7th grade and it was my mom's birthday. It was funny that their youngest daughter wanted to go see Chicago. They said it was a gift for for my mom but we all knew it was for me. I even remember what I was wearing! It was memorable.