Title: Marfa,Prada Location: 14880 US-90, Valentine, TX 79854, United States Year Photographed: 2022
A Prada store in the West Texas desert that is never open for business.
I was on a photography trip that started in the Okanagan and ended in Austin Texas in October 2022. I read about Marfa and planned my entry into Texas with a route through it.
It was researching this art installation that gave me a spark. So many ideas of how you could photograph this Prada store in the middle of nowhere rushed through my mind. I loved this.. I appreciated the artist and appreciated that this place was a gift.
When I was travelling east I first arrived at Marfa Prada around 11am. It was a sunny clear day. I spent about an hour getting some images and watching others stop for photos. I loved it. I got an instagram shot. The next day I really felt I missed the mark. I did not create an image. Just a few snapshots. This is when the return visit was planned.
On my way back home the focus was to 'create an image' of Marfa Prada. I arrived about 4 hours before the sunrise would happen. It was great to have the lighting from the store bleed onto the highway with less reflections on the glass. When I reviewed the shots, nothing really stood out. It was just a cool looking shot of someone else's art work.
So I waited. As the sun was coming up there were a few cars coming and going. It took several attempts to get the exposure and vehicle trail to not block the shoes.