single frame: Roadside memorial

In memoriam

Roadside memorial
Pentax ME, 50mm f/1.7 SMC Pentax-M
Kodak Gold 200 (at EI 100)

I remember well the first time I saw crosses arrayed in a memorial to people who died at a site. It was 1984 and I was visiting the Berlin Wall. It’s hard even now to think about why and how they died.

I’m not sure exactly when we started erecting crosses in the United States along roadsides where accidents claimed loved ones. I don’t recall seeing any as early as 1984. But given the date on this one, we are likely to have been doing it since at least 1996.

The 50mm f/1.7 lens I acquired recently is a real winner. Just check out that lovely bokeh.

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2 responses to “single frame: Roadside memorial”

  1. TBM3FAN Avatar

    I can recall seeing these back in the 70’s. That was in Baja California between Tijuana and Ensenada. The last time I was down there was in 1983. So in California and most of the Southwest I would say these memorials immigrated in along with the Mexican population. Yours is pretty plain but if you had seen very early ones, in Southern California, you would have seen the obvious Mexican motif of flowers, rosaries and maybe the Virgin Mary.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      What interesting insight. Perhaps it just took time for the idea to spread across the country from there.

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