Thursday, November 15, 2007

The GTI: Little Rock

Little Rock, AR; one of five state capitols based on the national... not sure about the big brass door though.

The GTI: Jackon, Mississippi

I was on my way to Camp Shelby
near Hattiesburg, MS to see where my Uncle Tsuk trained to go overseas with the 442nd RCT.

Stopped in Jackson for a bathroom break and headed out to Hattiesburg.

The South is an interesting place. My visit to Camp Shelby was enlightening. In it's years of disrepair after the War, many of the war-time buildings were sold or destroyed. Some of those buildings were where many soldiers were barracked including the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Infantry Battalion. All that remained were some over-grown dirt roads and concrete pilings similar to the ones I'd find at Amache, Colorado.

But what's more interesting was where the barracks were. Japanese soldiers who were released from segregated captivity were housed with white soldiers, not black soldiers. Ain't that a kick in the head?

The GTI: Montgomery, Alabama

I did more photography in a few months during the Summer of 2005 than I had in the four years I lived in Carrboro, NC. The images of my car are proof of a coast to coast journey, driven by the question: "When's the next time I'm going to be here with my own car?". So, I made a point to drive to every traveled state's capitol on my way to California.

I headed out to Selma to cross the Pettus Bridge and follow the March Route. When was that stretch of road designated the DeSoto Trail and the Jefferson Davis Highway? Before the march?

After photographing a little bit of town and visiting the Voting Rights museum i sat in a small close-by park and ate lunch. I didn't have a definite direction or next destination. Like Yojimbo, I threw a stick into the air at the cross-roads: North West to Arkansas or South West to Mobile. Arkansas it was. Little did I know Hurricane Katrina hit the coast in those days I would have been in Mobile.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Lorraine Motel

Lorraine Motel, now home of the Civil Rights Museum, was saved from the wrecking ball by concerned citizens determined to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after his assassination in April 1968. The mission of the museum is to ask visitors to explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Memphis, Tennessee. October 2002

Rondo at Walker

Art installation “Rites of Way” by Nari Wardan commemorates, Rondo, a neighborhood lost to highway expansion and symbolizes ‘home’, outside the Walker museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2000

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Wall Pinhole

General Cai Kai was assigned to supervise this part of the wall and was beheaded after being falsely accused of shoddy workmanship and slow progress. However, imperial inspectors determined this stretch to be solid and steep. Cai Kai was posthumously exonerated and memorialized. Huanghua, China. February 2000

Dali Cart Pinhole

Province of Eternal Spring wasn’t so Spring-like while looking back toward the bus station, shivering, from atop a donkey cart heading into Old Dali, China. February 2000

Appomatox Fence Pinhole

Interlocking-rail fence outside the courthouse at Appomattox, Virginia where opposing generals Lee and Grant came together to discuss terms of surrender leading to the reunification of the United States. June 2003

Amache Footings Pinhole

Remains of watchtower pilings at Amache internment camp site near Grenada, Colorado, are now surrounded by grazing pasture, landfill, and rodeo practice ring. August 2005

Gila River Canal Camp Pinhole

An inscription in wet cement memorializes Sawaki Horada, a testament to those who sired ponds in the desert. The internees at Gila River's Canal Camp forged green gardens that welcomed my father when he was born there. Canal Camp is the obliterated site at Gila. Butte Camp is the memorialized site, the characteristic symbol of Gila, bearing its half-circle memorial on the hill. The Gila River Indian Tribe objected to the building of the camp on their land. Gila River was designed for 10,000 internnes but held 13,348. Due to the overcrowding, some families lived in the mess halls or recreation buildings, using blankets for walls. At this time, Gila River was Arizona's fourth-largest city. It was one of the least oppressive camps. The signature barbed wire was removed early and it had only a single watchtower. July 2006

Devil's Tower

Beyond its meeting place for extraterrestrials and American scientists in Close Encounters, Devil’s Tower has been a mystical place for Plains Indians. Arapaho, Sioux, Crow, Cheyenne, and Kiowa see this place as sacred and of legendary origin. August 2005

Hot Springs Arkansas Pinhole

What if the premier gambling hot-spot was Hot Springs Arkansas? A good time is what they were looking for in Spa City: Bat Masterson, Cy Young, Carrie Nation, John F. Kennedy, Billy Sunday, President Herbert Hoover, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and even Frank and Jesse James. Al Capone may have stopped at this spring while staying At the Arlington Hotel, where he maintained a year-round suite. July 2005

Kill Devil Hill Pinhole

The Wright Brothers, bicycle builders from Ohio, worked tirelessly to fly. This monument at Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina celebrates their achievement that changed the world on a blustery December day. January 2002

Poston School

Evidence of animosity since the Poston school and its surrounding land area was returned to the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) by the War Relocation Authority. The Colorado River Indian Reservation Tribal Council opposed the use of their land for a relocation center, because they did not want to participate in inflicting the same type of injustice they had suffered. The Army and the Bureau of Indian Affairs overruled the tribe. At its peak, Poston imprisoned 17,814 Japanese Americans. This is a mural at the Elementary School. The Auditorium was built by internees and was listed on Arizona Preservation Foundation's Most Endangered Property List in 2001, later to be destroyed by fire. Poston Internment Camp, Arizona. April 2006

Knights Ferry Bridge Pinhole

The bridge at Knight’s Ferry was built by John Locke in 1856, a few years after the town’s namesake William Knight was killed in a gunfight. This is a rebuilt version of the original bridge that was destroyed when an upstream-bridge broke loose from its footings during the flood of 1862.

Hot Springs Arkansas Bricks Pinhole

At the end of this walkway is the Arlington Hotel, Al Capone maintained a year-round suite in Hot Springs Arkansas. July 2005


Bricks Pinhole

Blue Ridge Parkway Pinhole

Bei Da Pinhole

4th on the Mall

Tosh Tanaka

Tosh Tanaka
Originally uploaded by amenfoto.

"Friend and former co-worker Tosh Tanaka sits in the middle of 11th Street in Modesto after making a cross country trip by car and stopping by Modesto on his way back home to Southern California." - Adrian Mendoza