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Curves ahead by Christopher Barker

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An old road sign riddled with bullet holes, apparently used for target practice, leans slightly off the highway near Balancing Rock in southern Idaho. This tourist stop has been heavily vandalized because of its secluded location and lack of state funding.

Southern Idaho

October 2007

A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • Alfred Koch
    Alfred Kochabout 7 years ago


  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...about 7 years ago

    Thanks Alfred.

  • Alyssa Medina
    Alyssa Medinaabout 7 years ago

    there are so many places like this throughout arizona, too. the signs are just riddled with holes and there are so many cacti that they use as target practice, every one you see on the side of the road has at least 10 shots in it. nice framing.

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...about 7 years ago

    Alyssa, thanks, after all my travels I can say that I have experienced the same thing. People just don’t care.

  • roybarry
    roybarryalmost 7 years ago

    Superb capture

  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 7 years ago

    Great shot – love the colours and the crisp detail

  • zac shadomy
    zac shadomyover 6 years ago

    nice capture

  • Trenton Purdy
    Trenton Purdyover 6 years ago

    WOW. Very great photo! Love it!

  • ma9rk
    ma9rkover 6 years ago

    Good to see its a world wide phenomena. Great stuff.

  • eddiepark
    eddieparkover 6 years ago

    Nice shot! I mean cbarker not for the holes.

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