sometimes i make a photograph and it is the last time i see whatever it is i am photographing.
this is a gas station that was on this corner for decades, and it was torn down in 2011 to make way for a new gas station. the new gas station was a giant self service kind of place, it has something like 10 or 12 pumps and a shack in the middle. it has no ” character or charm ” it is just a gas station.
before the station was built i wanted to photograph the old one. i wanted to photograph the building and lights because when they tore it down i wouldn’t be able to remember what was there. i’d eventually forget like most people what it was like how shabby, run down and dirty it was. the gas station wasn’t one of a kind, and it didn’t win any awards for uniqueness, but in this day and age of cookie cutter everything, it was kind of nice to see something that was from maybe the 1940s or 50s, from the last cookie cutter age. this filling station lasted maybe 50 years, i don’t think the new station they put in its place will last half that long.
it will look shabby and run down faster and that’s ok because it really didn’t take as much effort to make. there is no polished ceramic tile, or gull wing lights, its just a least effort gas station. maybe in a few years when it starts to look bad and maybe have some character, i might decide to photograph it.