INDIA

AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Video, music curation, words and photographs by: Alexis Stember Coulter

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AN INDIAN'S BEST FRIEND

Monkeys run rampant in ---- neighborhood. They run in packs of 5 and eat. Watch out for fleas, ticks and food thieves! 

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A strange and unexpected art installation that is an homage of sorts to pre-2008 consumerism, it was surrounded by nothing but tumbleweeds and tourists.

A strange and unexpected art installation that is an homage of sorts to pre-2008 consumerism, it was surrounded by nothing but tumbleweeds and tourists.

In my mind, Marfa had been the Tulum of the southwest, populated by fancy people with an art twist. I’d seen articles like “Celebrity Travel: The 10 Coolest Things to See in Marfa, TX” and approached the town with a certain amount of trepidation, picturing something modestly sized, modestly developed and modestly obnoxious. The reality of Marfa was entirely different. 

It was cold, dusty and above all, incredibly small. With just one stoplight in the entire town, it felt true to its 1883 heritage as a remote water stop for passing trains. I’d imagined we’d have to search for our hotel when we arrived, the same hotel where James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor stayed during the filming of the 1956 epic western drama Giant (a local claim to fame). No search was required. It was right there, on one of the few blocks of establishments to speak of.

 

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The drive from Marfa to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico was manageable. The open horizon stretched out for miles as we continued down the desolate and empty road. Mexico became easily visible and we passed a daunting reminder of its proximity on the side of the highway: a grounded US Customs and Boarder Protection aerostat radar system that looks like a blimp, keeping an eye on the territory where the US and Mexico meet.

There was little else to speak of on this long flat stretch as we headed toward New Mexico. It was harsh and dry and beautiful and impossible to imagine that not far over over the state line, we would soon find ourselves swimming through an ocean of white sand.

 


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BIO

Alexis Stember Coulter is a mother, producer, photographer and writer. She is currently working on a book detailing her 15 years living in New York. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Dylan, daughter Ella and their coterie of family in southern and central California.  You can follow her on IG (Trust me - it is fantastic) @alexisstembercoulter