RUSAS (A SELF-PORTRAIT) Matamoros Mexico  ©

About photographer and author Frank Gifford:

In a video-dominated world where images jump, twitch and jiggle (but almost never linger) I prefer a so-called "still" photograph that does something far more remarkable.  It freezes time and motion, and provides a License to Stare.

Rt 66 Pix is a convenient trade name (and snappy URL).  The actual scope is much broader: 99% of the images were taken elsewhere.

Main subjects include American life, mobility and transportation.  Other galleries are devoted to Famous Cities, Preservation, Artistic Blur, Rust, Street Photography and even Cosplay.

Rather than photograph in one style, I adjust my technique to the subject matter.  Frequently this involves intentional blur or grain.  Some images become Photo-Derived Art with added effects like watercolor or oil paint.  The goal is to capture both the scene and the atmosphere, transcending a documentary approach.

I don't sugar-frost this stuff.  Some images are NSFW (Not Suitable for Work), or for family viewing etc.  Many appear in the city galleries--as they do in real life.  Properly handled, I believe they can be learning experiences.

The TECH page has a detailed look at photography and artistic influences, plus thoughts on equipment.  HISTORY, PRESERVATION and ROADS pages provide context for the photo galleries with essays and magazine articles.  THE BLOG has discussions, dissensions, digressions and diatribes.

Images appear in museums, magazines and calendars.  Currently, 19 Mother Road photographs are displayed at the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler OK,  Others are at Home 66 in Slovakia,

Everything is on this site, there is no social media component.  I will consider commissions and projects.  Use the "Contact" feature to inquire.

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