50 Faces on US 50 – Artist’s Statement

 

The Nevada portion of US Route 50 has been coined “the loneliest road in America” by Life magazine back in the mid 80’s. This stretch was the original route for the Pony Express before it was named State Route 2 before finally becoming part of the US highway system.

With the 50 Faces on US 50 project, my intention is to travel and photograph the Nevada portion of US 50 in its entirety during one of the coldest times of the year. The Nevada section of this highway is roughly 450 miles long and encompasses widely diverse terrain ranging from historical sites, alpine forests, desert valleys, ghost towns, and The Great Basin National Park.

I will capture 50 Faces on US 50. This project will aim to get a closer look and feel for the people who inhabit the small towns that scarcely populate this long and vast route. The images will tell a visual tale of the residents who live hundreds of miles apart from one another and the vast landscape that envelopes these small towns and communities. This series will be my take on small town life within the vastness and greatness of Northern Nevada.

 

50 Faces on US 50 – From The Road – Episode 1

After driving several hundred miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, I have finally arrived to my first destination which is Ely, Nevada. Ely is pronounced EE-LEE much to my surprise. I had the pleasure of meeting Candice upon my arrival. She immediately took me under her wing and helped introduce me to many of the local townies.

 

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Meet Candice. She is a full-time bartender at the Hotel Nevada which is the historic hotel that I have the pleasure of staying in. She likes drinking shots and she likes smoking. Candice doesn’t like Ely much and hopes to get back to the city soon.

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My view from my hotel room on the top floor of a small casino. Gambling and neon lights seem to rule this land so far.

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Meet David and Gary. David and Gary have an organic farm together where they raise lamb and grow fruits and vegetables. They boldly proclaim to be proud gay American men.

Words and Photos by Yvonne Albinowski. Used with permission from the artist.