Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Perilous Journey - Photographs of Roadside Memorials (Part 1)

Remembering A Young Champion - Mojave, California
Roadside memorials are a common sight along roads and highways. Like gravestones, these serve as statements of love, grief and remembrance for those who have died in automobile accidents.

I see roadside memorials often. Almost every day I drive on long stretches of desert highway, on curvy mountain roads, and on busy city streets. The crosses and flowers placed near the roads remind me that each journey I take in my car is perilous.

Behind each memorial is a sad story. Someone died in a car accident. Was someone driving drunk? Was someone speeding? Was someone distracted? Was the deceased at fault or were they a victim of someone else's negligence?

The odds of dying in a car accident are much larger than one might think. According to the National Safety Council, in 2008, motor vehicle incidents were the fourth leading cause of death in the United States of America. While most people won't die by way of the automobile, the fact that it is one of the top five leading causes of death is quite alarming.

The vast majority of car accident deaths are completely avoidable. Most of these people who died didn't have to. Someone was being careless or irresponsible, perhaps even the person who died.

The journey is perilous. We should all be more careful with our cars. We need to make good decision, take fewer risks and not be in such a hurry. We should look out for each other.

Perilous Journey is the title I've given to my new photography project. I want to shed a light of awareness on the unnecessary deaths that happen all too frequently on the roadways we use daily. Perhaps that awareness will cause someone to be more careful or responsible, and someone who would have died will instead find safe passage. 
The Cross At The Corner - Tehachapi, California
Jack - Tehachapi, California
Cody - Tehachapi, California
Heroic Memories - Palmdale, California
Chucky - Tehachapi, California
The Light Shines From Above - Tehachapi, California
Rene Rios - Palmdale, California
Chance - Rosamond, California
Double exposure.
Cross To Bear - Tehachapi, California
Cross Wreath - Mojave, California

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