A woman who has lived in New York since 1924, gets married, becomes a mother of 3 boys and is an artist, realizes in her 80’s  she can no longer live on her own.  She is now about to journey from the east coast of New York to the American West in Colorado (USA), to become a permanent resident at the Veterans Center at Homelake, Colorado.   “Visiting Mom” is a photographic series documenting her relocation to a new life but also including the underneath story about American car travel since so much of our time was involved being in a car.  The vehicle became a player in the story and large part of the visual experience.  I live in Manhattan. I don't drive much.  Spending so many hours in a car I started to see the car door and car windows as an entrance or framing for as visual narratives.  In the USA so many people drive and cars become an extension of us.  I was fascinated by the compositions seen through the car windows.  The great American myth of being on the road was a part of the process.  The sense of freedom, the mobility, the open spaces.  Having read “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, had put that spirit of the great open space in both my mom’s sense of adventure and my love being on the road. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac.  In August 2011 my mom and I traveled to Colorado to set up her new life at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake.   Tax dollars well spent.
Visiting Mom (book cover) - promotional book published in collaboration with Xerox Corporation.  Photographs of mom, veterans and various areas near Colroado Veterans Center Homelake in Monte Vista, Colorado. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Visiting Mom (book cover) - promotional book published in collaboration with Xerox Corporation. Photographs of mom, veterans and various areas near Colroado Veterans Center Homelake in Monte Vista, Colorado.
The rental car door during my journey to visit my mom, became  an entrance or framing for as visual narratives.  In the USA so many people drive and cars become an extension of us.  Our view of the country is on display through the inner world of the automobile. It is a constant drive inn theater. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
The rental car door during my journey to visit my mom, became an entrance or framing for as visual narratives. In the USA so many people drive and cars become an extension of us. Our view of the country is on display through the inner world of the automobile. It is a constant drive inn theater.
Liquor - Monte Vista - Colorado : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Liquor - Monte Vista - Colorado
Parking lot view at the Veteran Center Homelake Colorado.   : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Parking lot view at the Veteran Center Homelake Colorado.
Somewhere in Colorado. Experiencing nature through glass.  The great American on the road experience. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Somewhere in Colorado. Experiencing nature through glass. The great American on the road experience.
Rainy parking lot - Alamosa - Colorado : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Rainy parking lot - Alamosa - Colorado
On route from Sante Fe to Alamaso meet a biker from Galvaston, Texas.
We talked about travels though America. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
On route from Sante Fe to Alamaso meet a biker from Galvaston, Texas. We talked about travels though America.
Air Force veteran Richard Gottlieb shopping at Walmart - Alamosa - Colorado : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Air Force veteran Richard Gottlieb shopping at Walmart - Alamosa - Colorado
Alamosa at the parking lot with mom.  Saw this car and loved the relation between the car tire and my mom's wheelchair. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Alamosa at the parking lot with mom. Saw this car and loved the relation between the car tire and my mom's wheelchair.
Morning light at the The Best Western Movie Manor.   : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Morning light at the The Best Western Movie Manor.
Rodeway Inn - Alamosa, Colorado - best rock garden lobby. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Rodeway Inn - Alamosa, Colorado - best rock garden lobby.
Moose - resting area  : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Moose - resting area
Movie Manor Drive Inn Theater : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Movie Manor Drive Inn Theater
Moonlight in my motel room.  The Best Western Movie Manner is a wonderful motel to stay when you are visiting southern Colorado. I fell in love with the light. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Moonlight in my motel room. The Best Western Movie Manner is a wonderful motel to stay when you are visiting southern Colorado. I fell in love with the light.
Thrift shop downtown Monte Vista, Colorado. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Thrift shop downtown Monte Vista, Colorado.
On route 284 North, we stopped off the road and a circus truck came and parked next to us.  Mom loved the toy characters.  : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
On route 284 North, we stopped off the road and a circus truck came and parked next to us. Mom loved the toy characters.
Richard Gottlieb - friend of mom since the 1930's.
He was in the air force. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Richard Gottlieb - friend of mom since the 1930's. He was in the air force.
Air Force veteran Eddie Corbin at the Colorado Veterans Center at Homelake.   : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Air Force veteran Eddie Corbin at the Colorado Veterans Center at Homelake.
Mom with her cart of drawing supplies.. she has been drawing since I was a baby. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom with her cart of drawing supplies.. she has been drawing since I was a baby.
Mom resting with her teddy bear at the Veterans Center Homelake, CO. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom resting with her teddy bear at the Veterans Center Homelake, CO.
Mom and tank. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom and tank.
Mom test driving a 1933 Ford fire truck... very slowly  : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom test driving a 1933 Ford fire truck... very slowly
Lunch time with a lovely couple at the VA Center  Homelake, CO : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Lunch time with a lovely couple at the VA Center Homelake, CO
Bingo at the VA Center Homelake, CO : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Bingo at the VA Center Homelake, CO
Edward.. Army veteran who was a photographer. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Edward.. Army veteran who was a photographer.
Afternoon sunset with shadow of Richard.   : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Afternoon sunset with shadow of Richard.
Mom  : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom
Richard and mom shopping in Monte Vista, CO. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Richard and mom shopping in Monte Vista, CO.
Signage seen when entering Colorado when driving up from Sante Fe, New Mexico. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Signage seen when entering Colorado when driving up from Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Primary colors of the road with a mountain view in the distance. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Primary colors of the road with a mountain view in the distance.
A lot of roadside accidents in Colorado - New Mexico... saw a lot of this markers for loved ones while traveling on the highways. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
A lot of roadside accidents in Colorado - New Mexico... saw a lot of this markers for loved ones while traveling on the highways.
Monte Vista, Colorado. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Monte Vista, Colorado.
Monte Vista, Colorado wide open abandoned drive in theater. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Monte Vista, Colorado wide open abandoned drive in theater.
Nature with broken television.   : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Nature with broken television.
Route 284 in Colorado - a trailer just sitting there abandoned in the middle between there and here. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Route 284 in Colorado - a trailer just sitting there abandoned in the middle between there and here.
View of Love's gas station from the parking lot of the hotel in Monte Vista, CO. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
View of Love's gas station from the parking lot of the hotel in Monte Vista, CO.
One of the homes the veterans get if they are able to live safely by themselves.  Wonderful little cottages. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
One of the homes the veterans get if they are able to live safely by themselves. Wonderful little cottages.
Mom and her good friend Richard enjoying the each other's company. : Visiting Mom : NY - Portrait Photographer Video, Architectural, Corporate Editorial Location Photography
Mom and her good friend Richard enjoying the each other's company.