About the Project:

The Mother Road Revisited consists of about 100 photographs taken in the 1950s which I have paired with photographs I shot along the modern day Route 66, many taken as I traveled the route in my revamped 1964 Shasta. The biggest hurdle I have encountered is finding the exact location where each historic photograph was taken and setting up my own shot from the same vantage point. I then study the differences between the old photograph and my view before I combine the two pictures into a single image that shows both the new parts and vintage aspects of the scene. The resulting collage dramatizes the transformations that have shaped the Route over the years: once one-way streets now show two-way traffic, and swimming pools brimming with guests have given way to abandoned lots. This project is an effort to show what America has done to its once booming American symbol, the “Mother Road.”

Interested in seeing how Tulsa looks through the Mother Road Revisited lens? Check out my magcloud of it.

About the Crew:

I am Natale Slater and am studying at University of Tulsa for a Master of Fine Arts in Art with emphasis in photography and printmaking. My undergraduate was completed at John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and Graphic Design with a minor in Cinematography. Before grad school I spent 2 years at John Brown adjunct teaching  Introduction to Photography and Digital Darkroom. Currently I am the Graduate Assistant of Graphic Design and am assisting the design students with prepping files for print or web and teaching the Adobe creative suite.

Mother Road Revisited: Then and Now is one of many projects that I am working on, my work pertains mostly to nostalgia of passed memories and how one processes change or loss in their identity. I recently won best in show from the Tulsa Artist Coalition for my Route 66 work. To follow my other projects, be sure to checkout my blog at www.natalieslater.com/blog.

Mother Road Revisited‘s exhibition opens at Living Arts in Tulsa, OK on Apirl 5, 2013. If you would like the show to come to a gallery in your area, please let me know.

My assistant is Jeremiah Christie, who is an author, cinematographer and composer. He has left Southwest Florida to embark on Mother Road Revisited as road writer, videographer, and assistant photographer, chronicling the adventures that ensue along the Route. He is a regular contributor to Into The White  and has been nationally recognized for his poetry and short fiction; his current projects (aside from Mother Road Revisited) include a book of original children’s stories  and a science fiction serial. Jeremiah will be moving to China this fall, where he will continue writing and begin teaching English.

Photo by: Chris Kleihege



Special Thanks
Wooten Metal | Chrome  | Powder Coating  | Terry Slater | Gene Slater | Sheila Nicholas | Laurel Kane | Russel Olsen | Tulsa Library | Arcadia Museum of Route 66 | Baxter Springs Historical Society | Scott Kinney | John C. Spriggs | Sean Patrick Terska | Ben Schmidt | Kyle Armstrong | Kirsten Olds | Michelle Martin | John Bryant | Teresa Volerez


  1. John Bradley
    May 21, 2012

    This is great! Keep me posted on updates. I love Route 66 and all the history surrounding it.


    • admin
      May 21, 2012

      Oh, I will, be sure to check out the facebook too, I’ll be updating the blog and facebook while I’m out on the road. Thanks for the compliment!

  2. Crocodile Lile
    June 2, 2012

    Natalie, If I may be of assistance in the Amarillo area, please let me know, I am usually at Lile Art Gallery, 2719 SW 6th Avenue. Spent a lot of my childhood on NE 8th, it was loaded with neon, sad to not see it anymore. 806-664-3089

  3. Tom Branch
    June 4, 2012

    I rode the length of the Mother Road in 2008 on a Harley. Once you’ve traveled it, be it by Corvette as in the TV show, a Harley as I did, or even a 1964 Shasta camper, you hold that experience deep in your heart. This approach sounds outstanding and I look forward to following the progress. Try not to spend too much time in Kansas!

  4. billie williams
    June 5, 2012

    hey natalie,

    we live in santa monica, about 24 blocks from the pier. if you need a place to park your shasta when you arrive, then our driveway is the place for you! and we would Love (did you notice the capital L?) to have one of your plaques.

    • Natalie
      June 7, 2012

      Well thank you Billie, I will let you know for sure if that’s something I need to do. Thanks for the offer! Maybe we can meet up at the Santa Monica Peir.

  5. Brad Lockett
    June 8, 2012

    Great Idea !! I am glad we could help on your project.. Please keep in touch ..Any other ideas ,please contact Wooten metal for assistance .. Have a beautiful journey .. It Will be a very interesting and entertaining adventure .. Good Luck .. Your Friend , Brad Lockett

  6. Bex
    June 9, 2012

    Umm…(one last time) ‎Natalie you are cooler than everyone but not ice cold, and I admire that.

    I would like to say that I loved your video. One, because it was super informative. Two, because it piqued my interest with your dazzling shots and add-ins. Three, because you were in it, and I haven’t seen you in fooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrever.

    This project is going to be the literal bomb. One that mind boggles. And it may somehow save children.


    • Natalie
      June 10, 2012

      Thanks bex. You’re the best. See you soon, I hope.

  7. Ca Rte 66 Museum
    June 15, 2012

    Hi Natalie, Thanks for visiting the Museum today and placing the QR code outside our door.
    Howvever, the link is for Main Street Barstow, instead of Old Town Victorville. Could you replace the QR code or send us a new one and we will take care of it?

    Museum Volunteers

    • Natalie
      June 15, 2012

      Hey! Man, I’m sorry I got those mixed up! I’m in so many cities a day. But I am fixing it as I type this. Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully I’ll see you guys again in August!

  8. Jerry McClure
    July 31, 2012

    Natalie, This is great! It was a great experience being your Chauffuer for the evening, you’re a very cool person and I wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors.
    Alway’s keep me in mind after you accomplish success as your Chauffuer.

    • Natalie
      July 31, 2012

      haha, will do Jerry, glad you got to check out the site. If you want to keep track of it, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, I’ll be posting updates now and then.

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