In my last post, I discussed how rewarding it can be to visit and photograph a place that you have visited before. During my last trip to Joshua Tree, I made some time to visit a place where I had never been.
Just east of the southern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park is a place out of history. About a 40 minute drive east of Palms Springs on I-10 sits the George Patton Memorial Museum. It was built in an area where Patton trained troops destined for the war in North Africa. For the grand sum of $5 (or $4.50 if you are a person of a certain age) you can view rooms of military memorabilia (read guns) and can watch a documentary about the man himself. However, the real show is outside. In a fenced area adjacent to the museum are tanks of many varieties dating from WWII through Desert Storm. The fun for me, however, was out back. Behind the museum lies a graveyard of tanks that have not yet been restored (and may never be unless they start charging more for admission). These rusting hulks make for some great – sometimes ironic – photos. I’ve set up a gallery of a few images I made at the museum. Have a look at “Recent Additions – Patton.”
These subjects aren’t my usual cup of tea, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these images make it to the “Unfinished Stories” gallery. I believe that most photographers get better results once they have time to get to know their subject. As Andreas Feininger said, “The more thoroughly a photographer explores his subject . . ., the more he sees . . . .” Who knows, maybe I’ll make another trip out to the Patton Museum and visit a new friend.
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