Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Leonard Knight RIP

Folk artist Leonard Knight, age 82, has died.

Knight's folk art and religious creation, called "Salvation Mountain," in the desert of Niland, CA. near the Salton Sea. 
Leonard Knight created the mountain in 1984 by stacking junk and local debris, then covering it with cement and thick paint. Knight now uses a hay adobe and covers it with household paint. The mountain now reaches 50 foot high by 150' wide. 
Salvation Mountain is dedicated to Knight's love for Jesus and God. Many Christian and religious passages can be seen written on and inside the mountain.

Click for here the LA Weekly slideshow about Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Leonard Knight, artist.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Route 66

Spent this weekend shooting the "Mother Road," route 66 near the Barstow, CA area.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Route 66 in Barstow.

Andrea Pruett, owner of the Bagdad Cafe.

Cadillac hood ornament.

Old tire in the desert near Barstow.

Roy's Cafe in Amboy.

Western grave site.
Old abandoned truck.

Wagon wheel and Nash Metro in Barstow.