Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Follow your instincts, but don’t make my mistakes
It was raining at the wooden-boat show in Hessel, but I felt that just added another dimension to my images. After all, these are boats, and they’re used to water. I concentrated on a striking boat named Pioneer while it was wiped down after a shower. The next day, I jumped at the chance to go for a ride in Pioneer and captured some images traveling at high speed.
As you can see, my trip got longer and longer. I’m thankful to the many friendly and generous people I met along the way. I had lucky moments and not so lucky moments. When possible, I went out of my way to get permission to photograph things like empty docks, and the typical reply was something like, “Of course, why would you even ask?”
But sometimes I made mistakes. I got hollered at for photographing a painted barn, and no, I won’t do anything with those photographs. I forgive the church group that evicted me from their parking lot, where I had stopped to photograph a tree. I apologize again to the lady crossing the road towing a wagon with two children and several large inflatable toys. I asked first, and I thought she said, “I don’t care,” but apparently she really said, “Don’t take my picture!” And I really did erase the photographs. (They weren’t that good anyway.)
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