In Retrospect: Nelson NV

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
f/3.5 at 1/400 sec ISO 100
December 1, 2013

The first time Lynn and I went out to Nelson NV, it was a family affair. About a dozen people all somehow related. It was an overcast day and I was asked to take photos of everyone. Only one little problem. I don’t like taking people pictures. Good thing we had someone there who was good at posing people. She did the talking, I did the shooting. But as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I wandered away to take pictures of stationery things like old rusty cars and trucks and wooden shacks and barns. They have a lot of them there. The owners travel throughout the southwest, finding original vehicles and structures and transport them back. They have built a ghost town that never really existed. A ghost, ghost town. And Nelson NV has become my own private playground. My favorite place to take photos. Except it’s not private and most days you have to shoot around the other photographers posing brides and grooms for wedding announcements and such. The photo above was taken on our third or fourth trip out there. Since then I’ve been back several more times.

I might even go back out again this weekend.

(Let me explain what In Retrospect is. Or will be. On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)


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26 thoughts on “In Retrospect: Nelson NV

    1. Thanks, Joe. I don’t like taking people shots because I really don’t like people. I think it comes from my years of having to bend over backwards to try to please them. And, of course, they’re usually never happy!

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  1. Love the story of Nelson, and of In Restrospective.
    Emilio, i know how hard it’s been for me to post and comment on WP, and I see that between posting photos prior to 2015 and cutting back on Monochromia, you may be struggling as well. I do hope that all is well with you and Lynn.


    1. Things are great between me and Lynn. Thank you. I don’t know why but I haven’t had the incentive to post as often, though I have been shooting a lot more. I see you’ve been keeping busy.


      1. Yes … and tryng to find a balance. Unlike you, I’ve had little time for the camera and am determined to try to get back to it. I miss it!
        Glad all is well with you and Lynn!


        1. The reason I’ve had time for the camera and you haven’t is that I’m more selfish than you. We haven’t been protesting at all lately as my wife is trying to get a new business off the ground and she’s the one who usually got me out (for Bernie and the 99%). She says she wants to have me retire with the money she’ll be making and just concentrate on photography. I told her with or without her help I’m going to retire.

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      1. I used to have several Calvin and Hobbes books, as well as Dark Side, and Herman when the boys were young. We used to read them together and giggle until we were helpless 🙂
        Ahhh – good memories!


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