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Ross McDonnell February 9, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

The Vagabond Inn, Bakersfield California

Ross McDonnell (b.1979, Ireland)) is an Irish image-maker working as a director, cinematographer and photographer. His work has been published by Time, The New York Times, Art in America, The Observer, The Washington Post and Esquire among others. He has received grants and awards from The Jerome Foundation, The Irish Film Board and The Simon Cumbers Foundation. Twice nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award, his film work has been shown around the world, most recently his documentary ‘Colony’ receiving it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and winning the First Appearance Award for best first feature film at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

About the Photograph:

“The Vagabond Inn was cheaper than the Days down the street. They had a loyalty scheme too. Tenth night came free. For fifty bucks, it was a pretty good deal. The A/C didn’t work great in the summer when the temperature hit a hundred but beggars can’t be choosers I reckoned. There was a Starbucks Drive-Thru in the same parking lot, next to the Subway. It was better for breakfast than the Fruit Loops and carburetor coffee they had in the lobby. The Wi-Fi worked fast closer to the reception on the ground floor. It was right next to 99: Gateway to the Central Valley. I was living the dream. Photographers love Americana and I’m no different. Bakersfield was my Robert Frank’s road trip. My Eggleston’s South. The Vagabond was my Ground Zero.”