A Little Bit About Drive By Shooting


Night NOLA-3
Night Time At The Interstate
Night NOLA-5
Lots of Rain. Really.

So. It’s Spring in New Orleans. That means lots of hard rain. Lots of clouds. And, in between a little bit of sunshine. I decided to photograph some of that as I was driving from one place to another. As I have written in the past, DON’T YOU DO IT. It’s not a very safe thing to do even if you do it the way that I do, which means I never look through the camera and I do not take my eyes off the road. That’s why I make some oddly cocked angles when I do make pictures this way. For me, those angles add to the picture because it really happened that way I photographed it. The secondary point is to make these kinds of pictures without killing myself or others. Maybe, that’s the entire point.

Philosophically, if you believe the journey matters than you have no other choice. Driving in rain or at night is part of the journey. The shooting technique is simple. Set the camera to make it do what you want it to do. Point it and press the button. Yes. The ultimate point and shoot. Or, the ultimate drive by shooting because nobody gets hurt. Oddly, I license a lot of these kinds of pictures. They usually are used for motion or something about the act of traveling or even a kind of urban study. I’d keep making them even if I didn’t get paid.

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