I have been promising to post a video essay about Roswell for a few days now, and here it comes. It’s actually a scavenger hunt. It involves fifteen public and easy to find locations here in Roswell. It has only one reference to aliens. Don’t get me wrong. I love the alien thing about this town. I have written about this before, so I will not go into it here.
The thing is, it can be really easy to drive right past perfectly beautiful places and moments in this town and not realize you’re doing it. The challenge every creative person faces is subject, but you are the subject. Your life is the source, and if you live in Roswell, then this is the beginning of your inspiration. A couple of years ago I did a project which involved taking a picture of sunset every day. It was an important thing to require me to see time, to witness it. Along with a great deal of understanding about evening light, I grew to love all sorts of places here in Roswell, including those that might not have occurred to me as inspiring.
I did not try to make the challenge really hard. First, I took pictures of public spots that were really easy to reach. All but one of these images could have been see out a car window, and only one of these images poses a real challenge in identification. Anyone interested in entering may either post their list identifying the locations at Choosing Ebenezer in the comments section, or bring the list to the keynote presentation of A Bookish Affair on 24 June at 2:00 pm in the Bondurant Room of the Roswell Public Library. If more than one person solves it, we will draw for who wins the prize.
Good luck, and I’ll see you soon!