Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mecca




Another groundtruth down. A few weeks of rest ahead.


This photo was taken by me near Mecca (California), a town of extremes. Polo ponies mixed with shacks in utter squalor. I don't know if the camps intermingle enough to realize just how much of a socioeconomic gulf lies between them. Are their lives so full of plans for the next diamond-studded dog collar or avoiding cholera that they don't have time, energy, or more likely will to think of what lies just across the street from them?


Me, I'm just glad I can escape. Mecca takes a lot of energy to endure. Empty of life. A virtual vacuum, as both extremes are so apart from my own. I don't see the pot of gold in either excessive wealth or suppressive poverty. I wonder if they do?

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