Twisted Ford. Doña Ana, New Mexico, 2014

We like old cars because they’re like older people. A little twisted, Smashed up a little. Never gonna be what they were. Their very existence holds clues and mysteries about where they’ve been, what they did, where they lived, what happened to them.

The mysteries: What happened to twist her teeth? When did her paint  disappear? What color had she been before the golden rust appeared? What tasks did this truck warrior perform through her long and, I am sure, honorable service? Who mourned her decent?

These things we will never know. There’s the limitation of a photograph: her past cannot be known, nor her future. There is only this, my noticing of now.

I guess the ultimate question is, does she still run?

¿Se serve?

If so, who does she serve and what service is left to do?


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