Co-incidence at Crescent Junction
Location: on Frontage Road, just east of Crescent Junction and several miles west of Thompson Springs, Utah. The views are to the northeast.
Upper image: my photo of a train at Crescent Junction, Utah in 2006
Lower image: a scene from the movie "Thelma and Louise" at the very same location, recorded in 2007
These photos constitute a big co-incidence.
In October 2006 I photographed an eastbound Union Pacific freight train as it passed Crescent Junction, Utah (30 miles north of Moab). About 30 minutes earlier I had left Moab to return home. When I reached Crescent Junction, I saw the train approaching and turned onto Frontage Road to photograph it. The train and I both arrived at the same time purely by chance. Nothing about this shot was planned.
The following January I watched the movie "Thelma and Louise" at home and recorded numerous scenes by photographing the screen of my television. I knew that much of the movie had been filmed in the Moab area and I wanted to see if I recognized any of the places that appeared in the movie. The lower image is one of many I created while watching the movie. Some time later---I don't remember when---I realized that I had taken a picture the previous October that duplicated a scene in the movie. This monstrous co-incidence amazes me.
By the way, the movie scene appeared to provide context for the scene in which Thelma and Louise encounter a trucker driving a gasoline-filled semi-trailer. The trucker makes an obscene gesture at them. Shortly thereafter, they destroy the truck by shooting bullets at it: it explodes. I think the train shot was taken from an elevated position (camera boom?).
The vantage point for my photo is at the center of this WikiMapia aerial view.
20061028_0424 and 20070128_6740