Roadside America: Extreme Landscapes And Ghost Places Along Route 66 By Ralph Graf

Ralph Gräf is a German photographer and cell biologist who lives and works in Potsdam near Berlin who has created a stunning series titled ‘Roadside America’ where he captures abandoned motels, gas stations and places along the iconic Route 66. Within this series, the photo ‘Gassing up at Roy’s’ won the travel category in the Sony World Photography Award 2017. ‘The Route 66, also called Will Rogers Highway, is maybe the most famous original highway of the USA. It was established in 1926 and it ran from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL. As times passed it was bypassed by the Interstate road system and it was officially removed from the US highway system in 1985. However, as a historic reminiscence its remnants are now labeled as a scenic byway with ‘Historic Route 66′ signs. Many roadside reminiscences and curiosities are left reminding the traveler of the exciting past when the country was developed for long-distance car travels. While some old historic motels and gas stations are still in use, many are abandoned and prone to decay. In August 2016, I created a portrait of the Historic Route 66 from California to New Mexico.’ – Ralph Gräf

Roadside America: Extreme landscapes and ghost places along Route 66 by Ralph Graf
Route 66, The Mother Road
Roadside America: Extreme landscapes and ghost places along Route 66 by Ralph Graf
Gassing Up At Roy’s – This photo won the Travel category at the Sony World Photography Award 2017.
Roadside America: Extreme landscapes and ghost places along Route 66 by Ralph Graf
My Home Is My Castle
Roadside America: Extreme landscapes and ghost places along Route 66 by Ralph Graf
St. Elmo Post Office
Roadside America: Extreme landscapes and ghost places along Route 66 by Ralph Graf
Mojave Heat

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