Whenever my thoughts drift to the Land of the Free, without fail I envision it to be exactly like this.


My name is Solomon Levi, the desert is my home, my mother's breast was thorny, and father I had none. The sands whispered, Be separate, the stones taught me, Be hard. I dance, for the joy of surviving, on the edge of the road.// Stanley Kunitz


Retro, sparse and very much mysterious. These photographs captured by She Is Frank, practically entices you to come forth and discover those lost and abandoned towns of America's once thriving yesteryears. It feels like someone has seen into my mind and located several spaces that I've dreamt about since, forever. Those golden plains and mountains that frame horizons. Faded neon signs in forgotten 1960's typography. Cerulean skies and rusted barbed wire too. It's probably not the concrete picturesque image that most of you associate when thinking of the USA. And maybe it stems from a childhood filled with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal movies, but the images my mind depicts of this great land is always of an over-saturated landscape with a warm filter and slight vignette applied. It's endless possibilities. Solitary, bar from with ones thoughts and countless natural distractions to amuse oneself with. Wandering through those sands, dirtying up a pair of New Balance with the arenaceous ground and some Ray-Ban to protect from the blistering and uncomfortable sun.

Take me there,

-Sxx

images via she is frank

Whenever my thoughts drift to the Land of the Free, without fail I envision it to be exactly like this.


My name is Solomon Levi, the desert is my home, my mother's breast was thorny, and father I had none. The sands whispered, Be separate, the stones taught me, Be hard. I dance, for the joy of surviving, on the edge of the road.// Stanley Kunitz


Retro, sparse and very much mysterious. These photographs captured by She Is Frank, practically entices you to come forth and discover those lost and abandoned towns of America's once thriving yesteryears. It feels like someone has seen into my mind and located several spaces that I've dreamt about since, forever. Those golden plains and mountains that frame horizons. Faded neon signs in forgotten 1960's typography. Cerulean skies and rusted barbed wire too. It's probably not the concrete picturesque image that most of you associate when thinking of the USA. And maybe it stems from a childhood filled with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal movies, but the images my mind depicts of this great land is always of an over-saturated landscape with a warm filter and slight vignette applied. It's endless possibilities. Solitary, bar from with ones thoughts and countless natural distractions to amuse oneself with. Wandering through those sands, dirtying up a pair of New Balance with the arenaceous ground and some Ray-Ban to protect from the blistering and uncomfortable sun.

Take me there,

-Sxx

images via she is frank

92 comments

  1. Your pictures are spectacular, love the vast open space here, looking at it makes me feel so tranquil! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. Thank you Lena, these photos are not my own lovely. They're captured by photographer She Is Frank xx

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  2. Such beautiful images!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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  3. Amazing photos! Make me want to go on a road trip asap :)

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  4. I just love these photos!! Very retro and inspirational!

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  5. The photos are awesome
    Yes it' so vintage and really captures what America is
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  6. LOL to the Chevy Chase and Steve Martin movies, some of the best! Such nostalgic photography, very inspirational. I'd love to capture some of these shots myself

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    1. I dream of such a day too Tania xx

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  7. The desert is amazing a part of america we do not notice as much. These images capture an era and a beauty. So many time
    seen in movies never seen the loneliness of it great post.

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  9. Wow, these pictures are just stunning, I feel like I am in a sort of trance now, really lovely words Sonia, and lovely post!

    Meme xx

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  10. wowwwww i want to be there!!! great pictures ;)
    big hug!

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  11. those photos do make me wish I could go explore there too! :)

    I had a giggle at your comment on my blog - I remember those tanks! I still have a bunch of them, in all the colours of the rainbow, although not as bright or perfectly stitched as they once were I'm sure! Shame they don't make them like they used to, I think every Aussie has a couple somewhere! :)

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    1. Yeah, they don't even make anything remotely close to what they used to have. Sigh. xx

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  12. Wow amazing photos and great scenery. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with us. Mel

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  13. Very charming Sonia. Make me want to travel, get away and get loose!
    Baci,
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  14. These pictures are serious amazing!

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  15. Wow! These pictures are awesome!!

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  16. These photos are just teeming with classic Americana! I'm probably sheltered by living in the urban oasis known as NYC all my life but I think it'd be really fun to take a road trip across America to take in such scenery for real.

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  17. These pictures brought back some beautiful memories of trips to Vegas and the Mojave desert. I find these landscapes truly magical, in a dry, hot and deadly sort of way :) I wish I was there right now...

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  18. I think this side of America is really amazing. Nice photos my dear! Have a nice day, kisses and thank you for stopping at my blog,
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  19. Well some of it looks like this. I went to Arizona once it was so different from NY and Seattle or Florida the three places I have lived. And went on a road trip once down the west coast that was fun. Also got to Cali before I moved back to NY so I feel I have seen a lot of America.

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    1. You have indeed. An enviable amount no less to this Australian xx

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  20. Love this kind of landscapes, love this post, thanks for sharing

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  21. Adorable pictures!
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  22. Omg how amazing are these pictures?! I just love abandoned towns since they still have the look from back in the day! Too cool!

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  23. The most beautiful road ever! Just did a road trip with my family! Great pictures, thanks for sharing with us!

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  24. Take me there too Sonia! Actually, this is what is in my mind when I think of American dream, fun road trips and enchanting landscapes. Now I just want to travel far away from here :) Hugs and have a great weekend! xo

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who pictures it as this foremost Lilli. I hope you get to see it all for yourself one day too. xx

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  25. These pics are awesome! I must admit, I've been to the States a few times but always in an urban setting and have never really seen something like in these pics. I must really go to Arizona or one of these hot states to see something like this.

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    1. I've been once too Emmy but like you only to those concrete jungles, not the sandy stuff hehehe. One day though, one day xx

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing these stunning photos! America truly is a wonderful place. x - Naomi in Wonderland

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  27. Sonia, this is such a beautiful post! Love the photo effect, dear! xoxo

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  28. These photos are amazing - it's a dream of mine to drive the Route 66 <3

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  29. Great post and spectacular pictures Sonia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely American dream!!!!!!!!!
    Happy friday doll!!!
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  30. I've always dreamt of America as well and hopefully in a few years I'll travel this place :)

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
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  31. The desert is pretty amazing! Love these photos!

    xo

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  32. Such beautifully taken photographs!! It reminds me so so much of the napa valleys. And I'd soo love to be there right now..escape from everything!! <3

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  33. I have never been to the U.S., but I don't associate it only with the concrete jungle. I have seen amazing photos from there and I've heard great stories. My sister lives there for quite some time, I can't wait to visit her soon!

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  34. I'm planning a trip to the USA this year - hope everything works out!!

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  35. Ohh, you featured some stunning photos here, Sonia. I've always wanted the opportunity to visit an abandoned building or town, or even just a place which still has the old 60's vibe but I have yet to come across one. I love the mysterious vibe that encase the place.

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  36. Love these photos as they remind me of the Californian road trips that I've done all alone by myself... Can't wait to go on another one.

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  37. Oh, wow! I LOVE these photos! So beautiful :)

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  38. Lovely photos :)
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  39. Wow, I really love these pictures!
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  40. Stunning photos!!
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  41. These pictures are outstanding! Love the mood of them! In such way I'm always dreaming about America.

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  42. Awesome scenery!

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  43. Awesome pictures! I really adore them.

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  44. I really love these pics...lovely memories...
    Chiara
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  45. Beautiful photos! I love how everything looks so deserted!

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  46. that's again a very great post with good thoughts! And i also like you beautiful photos :)

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  47. Amazing pictures, would love to see something like that for real, gorgeous photography x
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  48. Such a stunningly beautiful post. I really, really enjoyed reading this. Thank you.
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  49. Love your photos! :) Amazing!
    Have a good day!

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  50. Just popped in to wish you a great weekend!
    Baci,
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    1. Aww, sorry I didn't say this earlier, but thank you Coco xx

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  51. What beautiful photos dear.
    Kisses

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  52. This is beautiful! This makes me want to go explore :)

    xo,
    miranda

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  53. I absolutely love your writing Sonia! I'm always in awe whenever I stop by your blog. Anyway, I've always wondered what people outside of America perceived America to look like. On movies and television, they seem to have a tint so I totally get what you're saying because after living in Hawai'i for awhile and I land in LA, I noticed the tint! Haha. Have a wonderful weekend Sonia!

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    1. *Blushes* thank you lovely Kat. It's true, I know for me my entire perception and belief of it stems solely from Hollywood. Despite having family residing there for some time too. When I first went there everything I saw I compared to a movie, I even let others around me know it. "Oh you guys really don't have fences around your yard, just like in the movies!" They must have thought I was so strange, after trying to decipher most of what I said with my accent lol! God bless America! Seriously though, I love America. xx

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  54. That's an amazing post! I really enjoyed to learn something new. I heard before for american dream, but you really wrote this very well! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
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  55. Hi Sonia,

    great photos! I never been in America, but hopefully I can make it there one day :) I really like clean design of your blog :)

    Cannot wait to read new post from you!

    Have a nice day,
    Zuzana

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  56. Amazing pics!

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  57. Hi Sonia, we have a different image for the land of the free thought the desert is certainly about a percentage of my impression. You see, whenever I listen to some songs, they evoke memories of road trips (eg Eagles). Truth to be said, I've only been to NYC in USA but whenever I think of road trips, I have these desserts in mind. Probably due to movies of characters going for road trips and passing through the deserts? Try listening to Eagles and looking at these pics. Most apt. And how I love your beautiful writing!

    Jo
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  58. Such gorgeous photos! I love all the different landscapes and I love the warmth in these photos!

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  59. That looks so cool! I'm from the states but feel bad that I never really travelled much within them before I moved to Europe. I think I've only seen like 4 or 5 states to be honest!

    Danika Maia
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  60. Those Pictures are amazing!!!

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  61. Amazing pictures and quote. Thank you for sharing, Sonia.

    Jasmine x
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  62. fantastic pictures! what a pity I've never made it to america yet.

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  63. Amazing pictures indeed ;)
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  64. I'm super into photography, so I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing! xx

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  65. Amazing pictures!
    Bisous,
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  66. Wow, I love american dream!! This will be my next trip! ;))
    xoxo
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  67. Precious PICTURES ... The Desert , PEACE ... All reflected in Them . CONGRATULATIONS...
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  68. Amazing photos!!!!
    I'd like so much to visit these places! :D
    xxx
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  70. Amazing! I went to Texas two years ago it´s very similar there. Would love to live there, there´s something special about these parts of the US. xx

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    1. Oooh Texas would be so dreamy. I feel it calling me sometimes, I have no idea why, Dallas, in particular...

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  71. These pictures are amazing, so beautiful.

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  72. wow love this post so much
    really inspiring <3
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  73. dreamy images!!! :D

    have a great week!
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  74. Gorgeous shots! I am driving from Ohio to California through the desert in June and I can't wait to take like a million pictures on my trip!

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