It's been 3 months now since my first road trip. Actually, I shouldn't say first road trip but in a way it was. I was as free as a bird with my best friend. It was just Elisabeth, myself, my 2009 Prius and a few cameras (because you can never have just one camera when you're a photographer let alone when two photographers are on a trip together). We set our eyes on San Francisco in early October 2014. I've been working on a series now since July 2013 that involves locations of historical events that has evolved into something I never expected it would. When we went I had a few locations in mind that were key points of interest that will definitely be printed in my upcoming book.
1. The location Laci Peterson's body was found
2. The bank Patty Hearst robbed
3. The last Zodiac Killer's victim
As a trained photographer, and probably as any photographer, I have things that are "musts" when it comes to my photos and lighting obviously is one. Even a non photographer knows lighting is key. Therefore once the lighting is gone for my photo in my series, the specific lighting I just HAVE to have for my series, it's on to photograph something different.
On day two we hopped on the train to take us to the location where the lead singer of Sublime was found dead of an overdose in the late morning, actually we hopped on the wrong train and ended up by the ball park which means we had to hop back on another train to take us all the way to the other side of the bay. But what is the fun of road trips without getting lost? While wandering around, the fog just seemed to keep getting darker and darker. It's apart of the beauty of the bay. I remember just screaming "start walking that way!". I knew from that moment I'd love the photo. I didn't need to look at my digital camera to glance at it to check it. If I didn't forget my polaroid at home, I would have shot it on that instead.
Sometimes life gets crazy. Sometimes every thing gets crazy. But then I see pictures like this that I've printed on my walls and I know the craziness is all worth it.