Photographer's Note

The last in a small series of scenes that I think embody something important about the American Southwest - the area of the country that includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. On my most recent trip, we went only to two of those states: New Mexico and Colorado.

I was drawn to this shot because of four elements: the lighting, which was just bright enough to cast a dim light around the restaurant; the rich wood paneled wall with wine bottles; the buffalo head; and the man doing the accounting at the table across the aisle. Combined, these elements gave the place an air of an Old West Saloon, right down to the old-fashioned vest the man is wearing here.

Sadly, it was a far cry from an Old West Saloon: it was in fact a chain restaurant started by media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner called Ted's BBQ which is a nationwide chain of medium quality burger and barbecue joints done in this style. Still, it's nice to be able to pretend just a bit.

Every time I look at this shot, I get the feeling more and more that the buffalo is actually looking straight into the camera - amusing, to say the least.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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