FAYWOOD, N.M. — For commercial photographer Grover Sterling, owning an Airstream camping trailer is a dream come true. “My father had one and we traveled with it. I liked the way they looked, and I always dreamed of owning one – but I never thought I would actually live in one.”
Sterling is originally from El Paso and he appreciates the desert. He camped at City of Rocks State Park in March, his 28-foot trailer home his base for photographing landscapes. His pictures are sold to homeowners in the Dallas area and the dramatic black-and-white photos may be seen at facebook.com/groovingrover/.
His choice of trailer is experiencing growing popularity. Initially designed and constructed by Wally Byam, an Oregonian who moved to Los Angeles, Airstreams are easily recognized by their signature silver siding that shines like a rocket ship in vintage space movies. The trailers were so named because they “moved like a stream of air,” ironic because Byam was inspired by days spent living in a sheepherder’s wagon pulled by a donkey.