Photography Trips

I’m not really sure how other people take pictures. While sometimes I’ll take a shot of the cats or the clouds or something in the house, most of my photography is done in concentrated photography trips lasting 4-8 hours.


First, I need to decide a start and end point. For me the experience of a photography trip is a journey with a beginning, middle, and end. The photos should reflect that.


My approach is to map out an area photographically like a grid, whether it’s the slums of Benton Harbor, Michigan or the Forest Roads in the Coconino Forest. The car is thus an integral part of the trip; in order to “cover” a grid of geography in some detail, I typically travel down as many different roads and streets in the area as possible, looking.


In the end, it is all about the looking. Concentrated looking. Light, shadow, composition, emotion, humor, ugliness, beauty, truth, deception; looking. What could be better?


Forest Road 300, Mogollon Rim Road, Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim with Kodak EBX 100 XPRO. (Explore)


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Taken on October 18, 2009