PHOTO JOURNALISM FROM THE TRENCHES: GAS STATION PAPARAZZI

NIGHT STATIONS 6-12 (17)

        THE ARRIVAL OF DAWN FORCED DIEGO TO FACE HIS INEXPLICABLE STATUS  AS THE ONLY PERSON IN SIERRA COUNTY TO HAVE BEEN SNUBBED BY THE TRIO OF GHOSTS KNOWN AS THE RED POLES.     

CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2013

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                                     THE CAR INSISTED THAT THEIR RELATIONSHP REMAIN  CONFIDENTIAL

CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2013

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THE OLD GAS PUMPS WEREN’T SURPRISED WHEN V-POWER DIDN’T SLEEP A WINK DURING HIS FIRST NIGHT AT THE STATION/O’BRIEN 2013

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NOBODY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ON THAT FATEFUL FRIDAY NIGHT, BUT EVERYONE HAD A PERSISTENT FEELING THAT THE FOOD MART WOULD PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE PIVITOL EVENT / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014

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 IT WAS GENERALLY AGREED THAT THE SMALL FAMILY OF BADGERS COULD HARDLY BE BLAMED FOR MISTAKING THE BACK DIESEL PUMP FOR A CHURCH.

CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014

                  SORRY, NO LITERATURE / CLAIRE O’BRIEN  2013

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 JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, THE LITTLE GAS STATION BEGAN TO GLOW, A SURE SIGN THAT  IT WAS PREPARING FOR TAKE OFF.

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WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED AT THE FOOD MART, AN UNEASY SHIFT IN MOOD FOLLOWED A GENERAL DRIFT TOWARDS BOB’S ALL NITE 4 U. NO ONE REALIZED THAT HALF THE CARS HAD ARRIVED WITHOUT DRIVERS UNTIL NEARLY 3 A.M.

CLAIRE O’BRIEN / 2013

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Cortez Gas, New Mexico / CLAIRE O'BRIEN 2012

EVENTUALLY, THE SIXTH GRADERS WHO HAD SUBMITTED THE LOWEST BID AGREED TO REACH CONSENSUS  ON  PAINT COLOR : ONE WALL AT A TIME. CORTEZ RESENTED THE FIVE MINUTES ALLOTED FOR HIS INPUT, BUT USED IT TO ARGUE UNSUCESSFULY THAT AS  A CAPITALIST, HE WAS POLITICALLY OPPOSED TO BOTH CONSENSUS AND THE COLOR PINK.

CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2012

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 ALL PHOTOS BY CLAIRE O’BRIEN

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