Halloween Costume (From the series Bad Trip – Sad Trip)
I have not been as consumed with taking more images for my series Bad Trip – Sad Trip, and in fact, think of it as being relatively complete. I have to think of it being relatively complete, as when I see something different that I feel compelled to find a way to photograph it, I still do it. As in this case. In fact when I left on this trip to Las Vegas on I-15N for an equipment trade show, I had been thinking about this one un-photographed roadside memorial that I had seen on an earlier trip out I-15.
So when I saw this memorial again, outside Victorville, I had to drive the freeway for a while until the next exit so that I could double back to make this image. Interestingly, there is another memorial about 100′ further down this frontage road at an intersection, but I am not sure if they are related. Today, this memorial had been prepared for the pending Halloween night, which comes at the end of October, with a small bucket of trick-or-treat candies at the base. Like some other memorials, I have seen them changed to reflect and “celebrate” the different holidays.
This memorial has a plaque, which is written: “Mark, if tears could build a stairway and Memories a lane – I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you Home again.” The dates are 1986 – 2002, thus Mark was about 16 at the time of his passing.
I think that I can find room in my book dummy for this new image,
Best regards, Doug