The Road

There is really no other appropriate title for this week’s Movie Title Wednesday image. I knew it the second I stood at this spot, soaking in the wind, the storms and the weeds bursting through this long lost road near I-17.

The Road, while recently a movie, mainly hits home for me in the book form which was written by Cormac McCarthy. It came out a few years ago and even won Cormac a Pulitzer Prize. The story is bleak and harrowing, hopeless and unforgettable. The movie was almost exactly like the book, and in that way, it was hugely successful. The only reason it wasn’t a smash hit is probably because it leans big time on the side of depressing.

I am always amazed at how different people interpret things and just a few days ago a photographer I follow named Justin Kern posted some remarkable images that made him think this of this very same film.

Despite the mood of the film, scenes like this are beautiful to me. I shot this last Wednesday during the tornado-fest in Northern Arizona. I raced up I-17 early that morning hoping to capture a twister for the first time ever. I ended up at this spot and eventually turned around and headed back to work. Standing here though was amazing and I only wish I had more time to explore further down the road and capture a few more angles of it.

  • Jim Denham

    Great stuff Mike. Love how all of the grass has come up through the black top.

  • Didier Kaade

    Very cool shot. The Title is absolutely appropriate. It feels almost post apocalyptic. I love it !!

  • Phil

    Cool and eerie image, great find and better capture!

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  • Brian Matiash

    Dude, this has to be one of my top 3 favorite shots of yours.

    The shot itself is wonderfully executed on and your choice of book/movie to associate it with it perfect.

    Rock on, rockstar.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Awesome shot, and a fantastic movie (never read the book).

  • Scott

    I love how the green is growing through the street. Great find Mike! Great shot!

  • chris runoff

    Wow, I really, really like this road. Great find.

  • Bob Lussier

    I don’t know how I missed this shot originally. I absolutely lobe it! The mood is apocalyptic. Sensational.

  • Scott Wood

    Great find. Amazing how the paint seems so recent while the grass has been breaking down the road itself.