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Still very taken with this period of my photography...the photos, sure, fine, they're nice...but driving around town hanging out of car windows, that was just so sweet. Any half-decent shot from a day like that was a victory, and we all of us were worn out and giggle-delirious by the end of the shoot.

I'm feeling it all moving on. I've taken to shooting people I work with, it's what I think about when I think about future shoots, who can I shoot from work. Guess I really am done with models.

But this shoot, these California Highway Parties, this looks to me like an alternate universe, a place where I started shooting in cars and never stopped. Where all my shoots involved motion, misdemeanors, whole crew exhausted and chomping on Twizzlers while parked on some LA side street.

Where I started renting cars. Then vans. Then buses. Bigger and bigger, always with motion, maybe involving more and more people. Overly-contrived parties in double-decker buses, barreling down long stretches of desert road.

...okay, maybe I'm not done, just yet.

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N 77 B 2.1K C 2 E Jul 6, 2012 F Sep 21, 2021
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At this very moment, this is what I want from a photograph...energy, motion, excitement, bit of danger.

Not an easy combination to create, mind you. But this, this is the fun I'd like to have.

Adrenaline + transgression + movement = a great time and, more often than not, a rad photograph. I'd bet my fortune on it.

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This is one of those shoots, an embarrassment of riches, I tell ya.

Had actually planned on posting a different shot from this day, but took a quick look, just to make sure, and...it's frustrating! I like them all! They are all my wonderful perfect children!

And then I saw this one and hated the rest instantly and here we are.

This morning, leaving the house, someone lowered this little upper gate thing that's been...not-lowered for a good two years. No reason to expect it was suddenly unhooked. But it was. So now I only have half a surf rack on my car for a week or so.

Which...that is also frustrating. So the picture I was gonna post, Brittany smiling, a bit relaxed, maybe even a bit goofy, that's not fitting my mood. Right now I want that strong pose, perhaps a hint of defiance, perfectly centered, lit oh so well (if I do say so myself) by the afternoon sun that only Los Angeles can provide.

Every time I post, it's about finding the shot that matches what I'm feeling, or what I want to say...and even though it's mostly old photos, there's a process involved that's still engaging. What to say, how to contextualize the photo.

We got so much, that day. A full spectrum of emotions, compositions, really, as I like to say, explored the space.

A photo for every feeling, it turns out!

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N 49 B 2.5K C 4 E May 30, 2013 F Sep 17, 2021
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Every shot of YoYo I've posted...so serious! But they were all so good! So this one sat in the archives, waiting, waiting for the day when I was ready to post this lady's radiant smile.

And that day is now here! Last pass through the archives, I was all about some great smiles, folks having a good time, letting it all hang out.

Wild how we can...this is common knowledge, I haven't unearthed some secret wisdom, but it's wild how we can curate our lives through the photos we post online. How we can edit reality itself, for our viewers. This shoot with YoYo was a blast, we had a great time, but all I've posted are serious, tightly-composed shots.

Not an injustice by any stretch, but also...there's always more to a photo, to a photo shoot, to an interaction than we know.

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N 139 B 3.5K C 9 E Apr 29, 2010 F Sep 15, 2021
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Re-posting this shot from 11 years ago...see, I was digging through the archives (imagine me thumbing through old crates of photos, cooler that way), saw this shot, "maybe I'll post it!" I think to myself.

Look here on Flickr, don't see it, don't see it...wait...is THAT it??

Turns out I'd re-edited it sometime between 11 years ago and now. And...sheesh. the whole "Straight Out Of the Camera" movement? DUMB. WE WERE DUMB. We should've all been using photoshop! Or the sliders in Aperture! Or iPhoto! We were innocent, we meant well!

In the comments, you gotta look at the comments, I put the original shot there, I dare you to tell me it's better w/o any editing. I DARE YOU.

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