Ride At Your Own Risk
On October 14, 2018, Johnpaul and I went out to photograph the (mostly) burned down general store in Meadow Lake. The charred remains of the structure have been sitting there for at least a year and didn't look like they would be going anywhere anytime soon. Well, on this day they were, in fact, gone. The owner of the property finally decided to rebuild and my burnt down general store is now under construction which does not make for interesting photos.
Not to worry though, while we were out we found something much more unusual and eye catching: a carnival!
This carnival was set up across the street from a church that was having some kind of festival. Ergo, it was not abandoned but probably should have been. There were a few people walking around but no one was riding the rides, probably because they all looked to be held together with coat hangers and duct tape. To say that the rides looked unsafe would be putting it mildly. Additionally, the Carnies also looked to be held together with coat hangers and duct tape.. and various drug problems..
It was the sketchiest carnival I've ever seen.
New Life For Old Buildings
On August 12, 2018, Johnpaul and I went to check out the Albuquerque Rail Yards Market. The Market was alright but I didn't take any photos of it because the real reason I went was to check out the other buildings. Normally, this property is locked up tight to keep pranksters and vandals out. A nosey person like myself would need to get special permission and probably buy some kind of permit to get in and shoot photos.... unless I attend the Rail Yard Market, in which case it's free.
To clarify, visitors are not allowed to enter any of the buildings but people are welcome to wander around and shoot photos through the open doors and broken windows. Don't try to go inside, I think it would end poorly.
On a side note, The Albuquerque Rail Yards appear in several episodes of Breaking Bad. The Market is open every Sunday, May through October, from 10:00am - 2:00pm. For more information about the Albuquerque Rail Yards Market click here.
I am DeAnna Vincent, fine art and portrait photographer in Los Lunas, New Mexico. These are the photos from my everyday adventures.