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Roger Camp

Shoe Fence, Hwy 95, California  The southern end of California Hwy 95 connects Yuma, AZ and Quartzsite, AZ. It is one of the most desolate highways in America without a single town along it 83 miles. The only man made site is a fenced rectangle of barren land that has become a depository for old shoes. Every kind of shoe imaginable had been attached to the barb wire fence. There are no residences to inquire how this came about. Clearly it has been going on for a long period of time judging from the variety and age of the shoes. I like to think it started with one pair of shoes which encouraged others to add to the fence. It has become the regional bone yard for soles.   

Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002 and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared on the covers of numerous journals including The New England Review, Southwest Review, Vassar Review and Lumina. His work is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC. More of his work may be seen on

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